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Great Plains Leadership Institute Graudated 14th Cohort!

The Great Plains Leadership Institute (GPLI), offered by the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health, works to train and equip professionals to become leaders in population health and health care.

GPLI recently graduated its 14th cohort of scholars, signifying their continued commitment to shaping and improving the public health workforce throughout the Great Plains Region.

As the institute kicked off their 15th cohort, one participant stated, “There are amazing people in this cohort. I'll learn as much from them as the content presented.”

The Institute is designed for emerging, mid-level and senior leaders from the Great Plains Region – Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota and beyond – who play essential roles in keeping communities healthy.

Institute participants come from local and state governmental public health, insurance companies, community health centers, civic and elected positions, community-based organizations, the business community and more.

A robust experiential curriculum includes residential and distance learning, mentoring and coaching, and collaborative practice projects. The curriculum is separated into eight distinct competencies:

  • Owning your Leadership Identity.
  • Valuing Culture and Differences.
  • Developing Others.
  • Leading Positive Change.
  • Influencing Organizational Culture.
  • Creating Effective Partnerships.
  • Building Political Savvy.
  • Interpreting Complex Systems.

Applications for Year 16 will be available in April 2020. Visit for more information.

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New Course! Creating Persuasive Public Health Messaging

This brand new course is designed to help public health professionals at all experience levels, and across subject areas, create concise, compelling messaging for programs and projects. The course covers Four Pillars of a Strong Brand, Characteristics of Persuasive Messaging, Brand Message Hierarchy, and Case Studies to help learners build stronger communication skills and apply the characteristics of effective messaging.

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Are you going to the APHA Annual Meeting?

We are seeking Public Health practitioners from state and local public health departments to participate in focus groups to help us learn more about partnerships between public libraries and public health. Whether or not you've collaborated with your public library, we'd like to hear from you!

Join us Saturday, November 2 at the The Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (18 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106).

  • Focus groups will be at 2:35 pm or at 3:45 pm and will last one hour
  • Compensation of a $50 Amazon gift card
  • Refreshments will be provided
Register here

These focus groups will be held in conjunction with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Prevention Research Centers, Public Library Association, and the Midwestern Public Health Training Center.

Regional News

  • Kansas hosted a Public Health Workforce Forum to bring together national, regional, and local public health partners to better understand and consider the success stories in Kansas that have and can improve their public health workforce. These discussions will continue to shape the work of the Kansas Public Health Workforce Development Coordinating Council.
  • Five students received MPHTC scholarships to attend the Kansas Public Health Association in September. The students learned a great deal and were thrilled to be there. You can learn a bit about the amazing keynote speakers (Emily Yu, Ron Chapman, Jonathan Metzl, Kathleen Crosby and Brandon Tate) here.

Upcoming Offerings

Take a look at our website for upcoming webinars and conferences. We update it regularly with webinars and events from across the national network of public health training centers. A few highlights are below:

  • Hot Topics — Economic Development for Rural Health, a webinar from the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, October 29, 2:00 pm (Central time). Register here.
  • Coalition Architecture, a webinar from the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, November 4, 1:00 pm (Central time). Register here.
  • Healthy Lifestars Conference and Fundraiser, November 6, Iowa City, IA. Register here.
  • Intentional Engagement: A model of translational community-based research, Engaged Scholar Presentation from Iowa State University's University Translational Research Network (U-TuRN), November 11, 4:00 pm. Click here to join.
  • Using Systems Thinking Tools and Coaching in Public Health – Stories from the Field, a webinar from the New England Public Health Training Center, November 12, 11:00 am (Central time). Register here.
  • Iowa Diabetes & Wellness Summit, November 14, Ankeny, IA. Register today.

Get Updates and News from our Blog

This summer the Midwestern Public Health Training Center has been revamping our blog! Take a look to see success stories from our partners throughout the region, best practices, and updates about what our interns are doing. Do you have an idea or a topic you'd like us to discuss on the blog? Let Hannah know.

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