Part of the foundation's Health Program strategy, ELPH provides opportunities to public health leaders at the county and local level to acquire and develop additional knowledge and skills that can help them tackle public health challenges in their communities. During the eighteen-month program, emerging public health leaders participate in an action-oriented program focused on the design and implementation of a transformative concept that shifts or expands the capacity of their local public health department. In addition, each leader's team receives a grant of up to $125,000, as well as coaching and technical assistance, to convert his or her idea into action.
The larger aim of the initiative is to strengthen the capacity of local public health teams and their leaders, including the team's health director/officer and an emerging future leader. To that end, team members are asked to challenge each other while building their skills and competencies together, with the ultimate goal of using their shared knowledge to transform how their agency functions in the community.
"We were overwhelmingly impressed by all of the applications for the third cohort of Emerging Leaders in Public Health," said Phyllis Meadows, senior fellow to the foundation's Health Program and its Emerging Leaders in Public Health lead. "Collectively, these leaders are dedicated and passionate as well as have the abilities to truly transform the role of public health in their communities."
For a list of the leaders selected to participate in this year's program, see the Kresge Foundation website.