Call for Applications: The Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative

The Kresge Foundation is partnering with the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC) to recruit and select 20 teams for Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH). ELPH is a leadership development initiative aimed at helping current and future local public health leaders advance innovative models which improve their organizations and position them for new opportunities to meet the changing health needs of their communities. Teams of two co-leaders will embark on an 18-month, action-oriented experience. They will focus on the development and implementation of a “transformative concept” that shifts or expands the capacity of their local health department. Participating leadership teams will receive coaching, education, and up to $125,000 from The Kresge Foundation to apply their leadership skills and competencies in the development and implementation of their concept.

Public health leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and serve populations experiencing health disparities are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted from January 4, 2017, through February 20, 2017. More information about the selection criteria, application process, and stories of previous participants can be found at:

An informational webinar will be held on January 18, 2017 (2:00-3:00pm ET) for any applicant who wants to learn more about ELPH and what a competitive application looks like.

Kresge and UNC invite interested teams to begin collecting the information needed to submit an application prior to the application portal opening date of January 4, 2017. Please forward this newsletter to any public health colleagues interested in becoming a transformative force in their local health departments and better positioned to respond to the changing health landscape of the communities they serve.

For questions, please send an email to the National Program Office at

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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