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Kansas Local Public Health Leadership Series

In November, eighteen public health professionals from across the state completed a 44-hour in-person Local Public Health Leadership Series (LPHLS) led by the Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute (CEI) over the course of four months. CEI is a Kansas MPHTC key partner and they provide subject matter expertise on leadership and training design for the current public health workforce. The LPHLS developed core knowledge and skills related to identifying and responding to adaptive challenges. The focus was on development of leadership competencies that are part of the Kansas Leadership Center curriculum: Diagnosing the Situation, Managing Self, Energizing Others and Intervening Skillfully. This was the 9th cohort to complete this training in Kansas. This course will be offered again in the spring of 2020.

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Systems Thinking for Public Health:
Aligning Stakeholders for High Impact Action Webinar Recording

On March 14, MPHTC partnered with the Iowa Public Health Association on a systems thinking webinar.

St. Louis University College of
Public Health and Social Justice Academic Health Department Partnership

The St. Louis Academic Health Department (AHD) was created by the City of St. Louis Department of Health, St. Louis County Department of Public Health, and the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice as an innovative public health incubator, where identified public health challenges will be collaboratively and rapidly addressed from a racial and health equity and social justice perspective. Designed to strengthen public health infrastructure, the collective long-term goal of the AHD is for comprehensive, intentional collaboration that will enhance public health and quality of life for the residents in our region. The St. Louis AHD achieves its work through four committees, one of which is the Training and Workforce Advisory Committee (TWAC). This committee is responsible for creating and identifying workforce opportunities for the city and county employees that are in alignment with the community health improvement plan. The Heartland Center for Population Health and Community Systems Development is a member of the TWAC and provides support in workforce assessment and training through our Learning Management System.

Learning Community Center of South Omaha

As part of MPHTC's field placement program, Emily Blanchard, an MPH Student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, has been working with the Learning Community Center of South Omaha. The LCCSO works to challenge the opportunity gap through early childhood education, family engagement and educational preparation programs. Their clients are children and their families (a two generation approach), and their partners are school districts and community organizations. The combined mission statement and goals of the LCCSO are to demonstrate, share, and implement more effective practices to measurably improve educational outcomes for children and families in poverty. Their vision is that all children within the Learning Community achieve academic success without regard to social or economic circumstance.

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New Course: Serving Diverse Communities

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Regional Highlights

April Events

There are a lot of conferences and events in our region this month. Take a look and register.

Kansas Governor's Public Health Conference
Manhattan, KS
April 2-4


Ninth Region VII Annual Meeting (MINK) Conference
"Creating the Healthiest Region through Partnerships and Science"
Kasnas City, MO
April 12

Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health
"Strong Collaborations, Better Health: Bringing Organizations Together to Improve Systems"
Des Moines, IA
April 23-24

The Nebraska Public Health Conference
"Connecting to Transform Public Health"
Lincoln, NE
April 3-4

Building Systems Thinking Capabilities in Public Health
Aligning Stakeholders for High Impact Action
Des Moines, IA
April 22

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