The Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy (PH-LEADER) offers a collaborative interdisciplinary professional development program established to provide training in implementation sciences and leadership for public health professionals working in the field of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). The growth of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, and chronic lung and kidney diseases worldwide poses major challenges for LMIC health systems. This program will develop the next generation of health professionals that can dynamically and creatively organize and deploy resources, plan and implement interventions, evaluate and develop policies, and provide leadership to strengthen their health systems.
During this unique training program, mid-career health professionals and researchers will complete a three-week intensive course at a leading U.S. university to develop skills in implementation, and leadership development. Program participants will have the opportunity to work with and learn from global experts in their areas of interest.
Health systems vary from country to country and this experience offers opportunities for participants from around the globe to immerse themselves in understanding policy and program designs, the complexities and benefits of alternative health systems, and to learn about different approaches to addressing common problems. Participants will gain valuable insights into leadership and mentoring, and learn about how to develop personal skills and to develop those of others in these areas. Exposure to these types of experiences will stimulate the exchange of best practices and new and fresh ideas, and equip participants with the skills required to address the myriad challenges confronting their countries’ health systems as they progress towards the goal of improved health and wellbeing for their communities.