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Registration OPEN: Leading Adaptive Change in Public Health Spring 2017 eLearning

NACCHO is pleased to announce that registration is now open for Leading Adaptive Change in Public Health; an 9 week ELearning course pilot for local health departments and their partners (March 27  – May 26, 2017). Registration fees will be waived for this pilot due to generous support from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Register using this LINK


  • Are you looking for techniques to help you create more meaningful and progressive partnerships with your staff and stakeholders?
  • Do you find yourself participating in meetings where you seem to reach consensus and then nothing changes?
  • Do you find that the same challenge keeps surfacing in your organization and community?


This 9 week online course is designed to help local health departments and their partners answer these questions and tackle the complex challenges facing the field of public health. Public health leaders are exploring innovative partnerships and identifying new ways of operating within and influencing the economic and social conditions of our health system. Such work demands a new kind of leadership to mobilize people outside of our typical spheres of influence and authority to tackle tough challenges and thrive. Check out this 5-minute video for a sense of what Adaptive Leadership means in the context of public health.


Why Adaptive Leadership?

Local health departments and their partners are uniquely positioned to drive the systemic, multi-stakeholder change needed to improve our nation's health.  Yet, the status quo is comfortable and tempting.  Developed by Drs. Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky at the Harvard Kennedy School, Adaptive Leadership is a practical framework for leading consequential change in the midst of significant market and sociopolitical transformation.


What should I expect as a participant?

There are 4 modules, each spanning 2 weeks (9 weeks total with orientation) and following a similar structure:

  • A reading and video explaining the core concept of that module (~ 1/2 hour)
  • A worksheet or tool that guides you in applying the concept to your own leadership challenge (~ 1/2 hour)
  • Feedback on from NACCHO staff on your worksheet submissions
  • The opportunity to participate in a live "Office Hours" call, where you'll have access to faculty who will answer questions and share examples (from course participants!) of how Adaptive Leadership concepts can help you advance your work (~1 hour)
  • The opportunity to participate in live “Peer Advising” sessions, where you will work in a group of 4 peers with a faculty coach to seek input on how to make progress on your identified workplace challenge (~1 hour)


How much time will the course require?

Based on the experience of previous participants, we estimate approximately 2 hours per week for the 9 week course. Your personal time commitment may be more or less depending on your needs and learning goals.


How do I register?

  • Follow this LINK to complete your registration. Registration is first-come, first-served and is capped at 60 people. Registration closes February 1 or when full. The fall pilot filled within 2 days of registration opening.
  • This is a pilot course and your registration fee will be waived due to generous support from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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