CADH was recently selected to serve as the Northeast Regional Center for Survive and Thrive, a program developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials to enhance the skills of new local health directors. As a regional center for the Northeast, CADH, with the support of the New York State Association of County Health Officials, will coordinate program activities for Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.
CADH will recruit 30 new local health officials from across the region to participate in a program that allows participants to engage with seasoned colleagues, learn new skills, and apply practical hands-on experience to the challenges and opportunities presented by local public health leadership. New local health officials must have been in their position for two years or less as of July 1, 2012 to qualify. Participants must also commit to approximately 100 hours over a one-year period that includes: workshop preparation, in-person attendance of two workshops, developing an active coaching relationship, and monthly conference calls with coaches and peers.
Survive and Thrive fellows will gain practical tools and tactics to help engage elected officials and community partners; best manage strategic planning and human, financial, and information resources; and bolster fellows’ abilities to resolve challenges associated with local health department leadership.