Indigenous Public Health Leaders Program

About the Indigenous Public Health Leaders Program

The Indigenous Public Health Leadership Program is a leadership training institute for emerging public health leaders working within a tribal department of health (DOH) or in Indian Health Service/Tribal/Urban (I/T/U) healthcare facilities serving American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities.

The program is 6-months long (March – August 2022) and provides training in core public health competencies with a focus on key issues impacting tribal communities including mental health and resilience, emergency preparedness, and increased communication and collaboration amongst stakeholders. The Institute will convene fellows for monthly virtual sessions for collaborative learning and relationship building after completion of 2-3 hours of self-guided intersession training. Zoom video conferencing technology will be used for the virtual sessions.

Applying for the Indigenous Public Health Leaders Cohort (2022)

Enrollment for the institute will begin January 20th, 2022 and deadline for application submission is February 21st, 2022 at 5PM EST. Interested individuals may apply here. Questions may be directed to indigenousleaders@nnphi.org.

For more information you can view recordings of the previous informational webinars here.

Indigenous Public Health Leaders Program At-A-Glance

MonthDate(s)Activities
JanuaryJanuary 19th, 2022Application Release
JanuaryJanuary 27th, 2022Informational Webinar
FebruaryFebruary 21, 2022Scholar applications due
FebruaryFebruary 25, 2022Applicants notified of participation status
MarchMarch 7, 2022Deadline for Scholars to accept
MarchMarch 16, 2022Orientation
AprilApril 20, 2022Virtual Live April Session
MayMay 16, 2022In-person session in New Orleans
MayMay 17-19, 2022NNPHI Annual Meeting in New Orleans
JuneJune 15, 2022Virtual Live June Session
JulyJuly 20, 2022Virtual Live July Session
AugustAugust 17, 2022Virtual Live Close Out Session

 

How will it benefit public health departments and the communities that they serve?

The Indigenous Public Health Leadership Program seeks to enhance and build sustainable public health capacity within tribal nations and Indigenous organizations serving their communities by:   

  • Launching a virtual learning consortium for tribal DOH and I/T/U public health leaders to participate in trainings on public health issues impacting AI/AN communities
  • Hosting monthly virtual convenings for collaborative learning and relationship building
  • Fully funded invitation to attend NNPHI’s Annual Conference, to be held in-perso(or virtually based on CDC guidelines)n  in New Orleans, May 17th-19th, 2022. *Ability to travel will not impact participation in this program
  • Funding for additional professional development opportunities
  • Supporting coaching with established public health professionals and networking among fellows and within the broader network of NNPHI, Seven Directions, and AIPHRC  

By the end of the institute, Indigenous Public Health Leaders will: 

  • Gain skills and knowledge in a broad array of topics integrating core public health competencies
  • Gain insight  into their own goals and ambitions as a public health practitioners
  • Outline a plan for implementing skills gained through training at their organization.

What are the components of the IPHL program?

To complete the program, over the course of six months, participants will:

  • Complete monthly self-paced online learning modules available through an  e-learning platform (approximately 15-20 hours)
  • Participate in 5 monthly (1 hr) virtual live learning sessions via video conference
  • Attend NNPHI’s Annual Conference, taking place in-person and/or virtually based on CDC guidelines, on May 17th-19th, 20212 (attendance is fully funded) *Ability to travel will not impact participation in this program
  • Develop a personal plan for professional growth and implementing skills gained through participation in the program

What is Included in the Program?

Over the course of six (6) months, leaders will be engaged in approximately fifteen to twenty (15-20) hours of training that includes self-paced online learning, five (5) facilitated live learning video conferences with all scholars and subject matter experts (due to the heavy reliance on video conferencing, NNPHI will provide webcams to participants if needed), attendance of the annual NNPHI Conference and participate in an in person learning and networking session with cohort members (airfare, accommodations, per diem will be compensated).

Enrollment will be capped at forty-eight (48) participants.  Leaders will be required to attend all scheduled virtual sessions, attend the annual NNPHI conference (in-person or virtually), and to develop a plan for implementing skills gained during the program.  Leaders will also receive a $1,000 stipend at the close of the program to aid them in pursuing further development opportunities.

Who is Eligible?

The Indigenous Public Health Leadership program application process is open to emerging tribal public health leaders working with tribal departments of health (DOH) or in Indian Health Service/Tribal/Urban (I/T/U) healthcare facilities serving American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities. 

Emerging tribal public health leaders are staff/personnel, or early career professionals (i.e., master level) from across programs and services that have worked directly or in collaboration with the tribal DOH or IHS (I/T/U).  For example, Good Health and Wellness coalitions members, wrap around service providers, community health representatives, or medical/behavioral health managers/directors. 

There will be a focus on recruiting and enrolling emerging leaders from across the country for the broadest representation of tribal nations and urban Indigenous organizations.

Have Questions or Want to Learn More?

A 1-hour informational webinar will be held on January 27, 2022 from 2PST/4CST/5EST.

You can also view recordings of the previous informational webinars here.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please email indigenousleaders@nnphi.org.

 

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (NOFO OT18-1802, titled Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health) totaling $800,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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