Applications open for Great Plains Leadership Institute

by Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations | March 22, 2018

Image with caption: Katie Brandert

Katie Brandert

Interested applicants can become a leader in population health and health care through the Great Plains Leadership Institute, offered by UNMC's College of Public Health. Applications for the next session are now open.

This is the 14th year the year-long institute has provided a place for established and emerging leaders in the region to build and enhance leadership skills. Applications are due June 29. The new group will begin Oct. 1 with a four-day intensive workshop.

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.

Scholars come from governmental public health, insurance companies, community health centers, civic and elected positions, community-based organizations, the business community and more. Clinicians and faculty interested in investing in their leadership skill set are encouraged to apply.

One recent graduate said, "The onsite learning opportunities were powerful because it created a distraction free space. I was able to sit with ideas and reflect. I loved interacting with others and learning from them. I am so grateful that I got to embark on this journey. I only wish I had done something like this earlier in my career."

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; and
  • Interpreting complex systems.

Send questions and application materials to Institute Director Katie Brandert or Brandon Grimm, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Office of Public Health Practice.

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