ASTHO Announces Next Cohort of Diverse Executives Leading Public Health

Program participants include experienced public health professionals who self-identify from underrepresented groups

ARLINGTON, VA, September 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) in Morehouse School of Medicine announced the second cohort for the Diverse Executives Leading in Public Health (DELPH) leadership development program today. The goal of the DELPH program is to provide participants with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, expand their existing professional network, and create access and visibility within the public health system.

With funding from CDC-CSTLTS office, DELPH recruited 28 mid- to senior-level government public health professionals from underrepresented groups in public health leadership and supported learning, networking and professional development opportunities to create our second cohort of public health leaders . This program aims to provide a well-prepared workforce of public health professionals, including practitioners, who reflect the diversity of the jurisdictions they serve.

Program participants were selected from experienced public health professionals who self-identify as underrepresented, including people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

“This has truly been a phenomenal year of growth for both our inaugural cohort of DELPH Fellows and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute,” says Daniel DawesJD, professor and executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and author of Political determinants of health. “Building on this momentum, our second cohort, along with our team of experts, is poised to continue educating and supporting these professionals with practical knowledge of the political determinants of health, drivers of health disparities, and personalized mentoring experiences that will equip them with the essential skills to address pressing issues that impact the health and well-being of their community.”

“The DELPH program is exciting to me because it seeks to fill a long-standing gap in public health leadership,” says Michael Fraser, Ph.D., CEO of ASTHO. “If we are to make significant progress toward a truly just public health system, our leaders cannot just be advocates for that justice—they must understand and embody it. And I believe the DELPH program is critical in equipping these scientists for this role.”

The second ASTHO cohort will include 28 public health professionals representing 17 state/local health departments and three island/territorial health department partners. Meet them here.

The second DELPH cohort will start Atlanta, Georgia On September 12 during the 2022 ASTHO Fall Leadership Meeting. This program will serve as a compliment to ASTHO’s ongoing leadership development programs for state and territory health officials and members of their executive leadership team. The work is advised by a diverse group of national experts and public health leaders, including several former state health officials and ASTHO alumni.

ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United Statesthe territories of the United States and freely associated countries, and Washington, as well as more than 100,000 public health professionals employed by these agencies. ASTHO members, the chief health officers of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to ensuring excellence in public health practice.

SOURCE Association of State and Territory Health Officers

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