Region 6 Public Health Leadership Institute


Applications for the fall 2024 R6-PHLI are open!

Applications for the Fall 2024 R6-PHLI cohort are now open! Applications will continue to be accepted until June 1, 2024 or until the cohort is filled.
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Approach to the Leadership Institute

The R6-PHLI is designed for mid-management practitioners who are the future of public health. The purpose of R6-PHLI is to develop the next generation of leaders in public health by providing an opportunity for strategic professional growth for those interested in refining their leadership skills and advancing their career to the next level. The R6-PHLI focuses on mid-management emerging leaders and is not intended for senior executives.

The R6-PHLI is practice-oriented:

  • The R6-PHLI was designed based on input from the Region 6 practice partners through focus groups and key informant interviews.
  • The curriculum focuses on current issues and practical applications to develop independent leaders and decision makers. The session topics are current issues identified by public health leaders.
  • Sessions are dynamic interactions with lively discussions among the participants and experts/leaders on the topic. Hands on exercises are designed to build practical skills (“learning by doing” not busy work). Some sessions may involve working in small groups on an activity or problem.
  • The R6-PHLI is designed as a community of learning for networking, sharing knowledge and experiences and building leadership skills. A goal of the Leadership Institute is to foster networking among participants from across the region.

There is no fee to attend the program, however, participants will need to commit to attend the live learning sessions and complete the session preparations and follow up assignments.

Who Should Apply

The R6-PHLI will consist of a cohort of mid-management professionals from across the five states of Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas). We encourage applications from individuals in all areas of public health, community health and health care. Mid-management professionals at local, county (parish), state or tribal health departments, community health care clinics, public health organizations serving underserved populations, and community health workers are candidates for the Leadership Institute.

  • Participants will be drawn from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences and include those from medically underserved communities, rural areas and health professional shortage areas.
  • Experience in public health practice is required (approximately 5 years in public health or related area). There are no degree requirements or particular educational background.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Mid-management professional (5 years of professional experience in public health or primary care)
  • Supervisory and/or managerial experience
  • Employment in public health, healthcare, or community health practice in tribal, governmental or community agencies and organizations
  • Residence/employment in Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)
  • Commitment to active participation in live sessions and assignments
  • Commitment and ability to devote approximately 3 hours per week to R6-PHLI activities
  • Support from applicant’s employer (via letter of support) to participate 3 hours per week during work time for R6-PHLI activities
Format and Schedule

Preparation – August 2024

  • In August 2024, participants will complete a confidential online self-assessment for emotional intelligence (E.I.). A professional E.I. counselor will review your self-assessment and compile a summary for the cohort. The self-assessment is confidential and is a basis for “know yourself” as you develop as a leader.
  • Each participant will schedule a confidential one-on-one session with the E.I. professional counselor in September 2024; this session will individual provide feedback that can be used for goal-setting and identifying skills during the leadership institute.

Leadership Institute Sessions – September 2024 – Mid-Spring 2025

Live Sessions

  • The first virtual session will be held in early September 2024 and extend through mid-Spring 2025 with a holiday break in mid-December 2024 to mid-January 2025.
  • Live virtual sessions via Zoom will be held every other week for approximately 3 hours.
  • The sessions will be led by an expert in the field and will be highly interactive with discussions, debate and activities. The sessions will encourage participants to share experiences and the opportunity to learn from others. The sessions and group work are geared for peer-to-peer learning, networking and problem solving.
  • During these sessions, the group may meet as a whole or may break into small groups for part of the time.
  • There will be a short evaluation survey at the end of each session.

Holiday Break: Mid-December 2024 – Mid-January 2025

Schedule of Topics for Live Sessions:

A schedule for the Fall 2024 Region 6 Public Health Leadership Institute (R6-PHLI) will be posted in Summer 2024.

Topics covered in the R6-PHLI include:

  • Emotional Intelligence (E.I.) /Self-Assessment
  • Recognizing Your Leadership Style
  • Health Disparities in Public Health
  • Mentoring
  • Public Health Ethics and Professionalism
  • Communication: Essentials for Success: Approach and Value
  • Organizations and Systems Thinking
  • Leadership and Organization Evolution
  • Crisis Leadership

Alternating Week Activities:

There are two types of activities (pre- and post-work) that are to be completed on the alternating weeks in between live sessions. The time to complete these activities will not exceed a total of 3 hours. This schedule allows the participant to budget 3 hours of time each week for the R6-PHLI.

Preparation for the Upcoming Session:

  • In order to actively participate in the live sessions, participants will be expected to prepare for upcoming sessions to inform discussions and debates. Preparation is essential for active discussions.
  • Preparation for live sessions may include assigned readings, podcasts and/or video modules.

Session Follow up Activity for Learning or Application:

  • After each session, participants will complete an activity to enhance and reinforce learning and problem-solving.
  • These activities are focused to skill building an may include a written analysis, video, presentation, or other exercise to reinforce learning and for problem solving.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Digital Badge & R6-PHLI Challenge Coin:

Participants who successfully complete the R6-PHLI curriculum and activities will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment in Leadership, a digital badge and a R6-PHLI Challenge Coin.

Technical Information

The Tulane PACE Learning Management System will be used as a portal to manage the R6-PHLI. The Tulane PACE LMS will serve as a hub for Leadership Institute-related information, readings, podcasts, video modules, assignments/activities and other communications.

Computer requirements: Each participant must have access to a computer with a web camera, microphone and stable Internet connection to participate in live Zoom sessions. A quiet space for live sessions is desirable.

Fall 2024 R6-PHLI Application Update

Applications for the Fall 2024 R6-PHLI cohort are now open!
Applications will continue to be accepted until June 1, 2024 or until the cohort is filled.

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R6-PHLI Information Webinar

An informational webinar about the R6-PHLI was held at noon CDT on Thursday, May 9, 2024.

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Fall 2024 R6-PHLI Information Webinar Presentation