Local Team Participates in Public Health Leadership Program

[PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND] [Prince George’s Community Advisory Group supported by Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities ] has been selected to participate in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NLAPH is a national program focused on improving population health by working with multi-sector leadership teams and training the teams through an applied, team-based collaborative leadership development model. The program is implemented by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP), a center of the Public Health Institute (PHI), and will provide training and support for a period of one year.

"This program will impart population health teams with the skills to lead across sectors and collaboratively solve complex population health problems in innovative ways," said Carmen Rita Nevarez MD, MPH, Vice President for External Relations and CHLP's Director. "These are the types of leaders who will ultimately be able to drive critical efforts, such as the adoption of evidence-based policies and practices at the community level, which can have a tangible impact on health outcomes."

The Prince George’s Community Advisory Group team will work on an applied health leadership project that tackles an important population health issue with the goal of improving public health outcomes. Prince George’s County currently ranks #16th in health outcomes representing how healthy the county is among all Counties in the State of Maryland according to the County Health Ranking & Roadmaps program, which is designed to help communities create solutions that address specific factors that are known to affect health. This project aims to: 1) improve screening and early detection for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer in the target population; 2) reduce initiation of tobacco use; 3) empower community members to lead grassroots efforts to improve community health; and 4) train Cancer Ambassadors to implement peer education efforts. The team assembled to undertake this critical issue includes:

Denice Whalen-White, Founder & Executive Director, All Shades of Pink Inc.(Team Leader),

Lori Proctor, Cancer Program Chief, Prince George’s County Health Department

Madeline Long-Gill, President, Sisters Network Prince George’s County

Rhonda Slade, Outreach & Development Manager, Community Ministry of Prince George's County

"We are committed to eliminating disparities in cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment devoted to enhancing the quality of life through improving continuum care for cancer survivors in Prince George’s County," said Madeline Long-Gill, Prince George’s Community Advisory Group team member and President of Sisters Network Prince George’s County.

NLAPH will provide training and support to assist the team in successfully addressing and improving cancer disparities in Prince George’s County. Training and support will focus on two tracks. The first is the development of leadership skills, including personal and collaborative leadership in a multi-sector environment. The second emphasizes growth from team-based collaborative work to policy and systems change. NLAPH is provided at no cost to the participants or the community.

For more information, contact:

Denice Whalen-White, Team Leader

All Shades of Pink, Inc.




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