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OPHA books

An exploration of crisis experience and training as they relate to transformational leadership and rhetorical sensitivity among U.S. Public health Officials:
Barbara Jane Reynolds, Capella University, Minneapolis (February 2009) Pages 1-172

  • This research study investigated the relationships between past crisis experience, leader training and education, and crisis and emergency risk communication (CERC) training among public health leaders in the United States and their levels of transformational leadership and rhetorical sensitivity
  • Using a quantitative descriptive methodology, the research study identified relationships and analyzed whether crisis leadership experience, CERC training, and leadership training influenced leadership style and levels of rhetorical sensitivity public health leaders.  Major recent crises such as the Anthrax attack of 2001, SARS in 2003, and Hurricane Katrina have focused attention on the role of the public health leader in crisis response, including the communication role.

Tags: Crisis Leadership, Transformational Leadership

Public Health Leadership: Putting Principles into practice by Louis Rowitz (3rd Edition)
Professor Emeritus, Community Health Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Since the publication of the first edition in 2003, Public Health Leadership: Putting Principles into Practice has become a standard reference for future and practicing public health leaders.
  • In five parts, it explores the basic theories and principles of leadership and then describes how they may be applied in the public health setting.
  • Leadership skills and competencies, as well as methods for measuring and evaluating leaders are all thoroughly covered. It includes extensive coverage of the leadership skills and tools that are critical to managing public health emergencies.
  • Source of description: Goodreads
  • (This version only includes pages 197-332)

Tags: Leadership theories and principles

Twenty-First Century Leadership for Public Health and HIV/STI Prevention
By Sevgi O. Aral, Associate Director for Science in the Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control, 2013
Kevin A. Fenton, Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Judith A. Lipshutz, Deputy Associate Director for Policy in the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Chapter 10 of the book- The New Public Health and STD/HIV Prevention: Personal, Public and Health explain the role of Leadership in sexual health.
  • It combines the general characteristics of public health leadership with special skills required to lead the unique partnerships, issues and contexts that face sexual health in any given setting.
  • It houses examples from some case studies on Leadership from around the world.

Tags: Leadership in sexual health

Training Physicians for Public Health Careers
Committee on Training Physicians for Public Health Careers, Institute of Medicine, Lyla M. Hernandez and A. Wezi Munthali, 2007

  • It focuses on the critical roles that physicians play in maintaining and strengthening the public health system, identifies what these physicians need to know to engage in effective public health actions, explores the kinds of training programs that can be used to prepare physicians for public health roles, and examines how these training programs can be funded.
  • Medical schools, schools of public health, health care and public health care professionals, medical students and students of public health will find this of special interest.

Tags: Training, Public Health Career

Leading Public Health: A Competency Framework
James W. Begun, Jan K. Malcolm, 2014

  • Leading Public Health is designed to empower students and public health practitioners with the leadership knowledge and competencies they need to mobilize people, organizations, and communities in successfully tackling tough public health challenges.
  • It is the only competency-based leadership text designed specifically for graduate students and practitioners of public health, highlighting those aspects of leadership unique to this discipline.
  • Drawing from several competency-based models, the text focuses on developing the leadership skills that will enable public health professionals to set bold future directions, enlist diverse populations, seek and use power, communicate effectively, and strive for excellence.
  • It is based on research from leadership theory and practice and combines the viewpoint of a renowned scholar of public health leadership with that of a seasoned.

Tags: Leadership competency

Essentials of Management and Leadership in Public Health
Robert Burke, Leonard Friedman, 2011.Page1-159

  • Driven by recent events and new trends, public health training increasingly requires new and more advanced information‚ÄĒleadership and management skills drawn from business, industry, education, and government.
  • It covers an introduction and history of the field of public health management; The evolution of key leadership and management theories; The changing role of public health management professionals and key characteristics of a successful public health leaders; Key issues in the organization, financing and delivery of healthcare services; Fundamental concepts about the classic functions of management including economics, finance, marketing, strategy, administration, human resources, and community relations; and Modern approaches to leadership development, selection, retention and succession planning.

Tags: Public Health Management

Transforming Public Health Practice: Leadership and Management Essentials
Bernard J. Healey, Cheryll D. Lesneski, 2011

  • The authors of Transforming Public Health Practice explain the drivers of change in public health practice, key success factors for public health programs, dealing with the chronic disease burden, and impact of national health policy on public health practice, and tools for understanding and managing population health.
  • Transforming Public Health Practice covers core leadership and management skills, covering areas such as politics, workforce, partnership and collaboration, change management, outcomes orientation, opportunities for improvement, health equity, and future challenges.
  • Case studies highlight innovations in health education, working with people with disabilities, partnerships in response to disease outbreaks, and health programs.
  • Learning objectives, chapter summaries, key terms, and discussion questions enhance each chapter.

Tags: Transforming practice through leadership

Public Health Leadership and Management: Cases and Context
Stuart A. Capper, Peter M. Ginter (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Linda E. Swayne, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA, 2002. Page1-393

  • This book offers the opportunity to develop and practice the skills needed in order to make difficult public health decisions. It presents fifteen public health case studies that address a wide array of challenging and complex public health issues. These case studies attempt to vicariously place the reader into a position in which he or she is required to size up the situation and suggest some action for the organization.
  • This case approach provides  with a perspective concerning the complexity of the issues that public health organizations face, practice in discerning critical problems and opportunities, application of theory, and an understanding of the inter-relatedness of organizational and public health core functions.
  • The cases are based on field research conducted in a variety of public health agencies. The cases encompass all of the core public health disciplines and engage the student in integrating these disciplines into management and leadership practice.

Tags: Decision Making, Handling Complex situations

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Effective Leadership for Healthy Communities: Concepts, Collaborations and Case Studies
Free online course by Michigan Public Health Training Center.

  • This course will cover the fundamental concepts of collaborative leadership and clarify the multiple layers of influence that impact health.
  • Participants will receive an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to effectively guide diverse groups of people to find solutions to complex problems that affect them all. 
  • This is an online course incorporating narrated presentations, interactive activities; self-assessment exercises, multi-media case studies drawn from public health, and links to resources. All content modules are competency-based and self-paced. This course will take approximately 3-5 hours to complete.

Tags: Leadership training

Managers Who Lead: A Handbook for Improving Health Services
Management Sciences for Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2005) Pages 1-294

  • This handbook is based on 20 years of experience in working with health professionals around the world in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to strengthen the performance of health organizations and improve people‚Äôs health.
  • Initially the work focused on improving the management of health programs. Under the Management and Leadership (M&L) Program, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Management Sciences for Health has focused in recent years on developing the management and leadership capabilities of managers‚ÄĒat all levels of the health system‚ÄĒto achieve significant improvements in health services and health outcomes.

Tags: Leadership stories

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