On June 29, Kingsborough Community College’s Program in Community Health hosted a standing-room only unique one-day professional development conference entitled “Finding Your Inner Leader: An Aha! Conference to Promote Public and Community Health Leadership Development.”
More than 240 public and community health professionals, from Mineola to Minneapolis, were in attendance.
The conference was co-sponsored by Kingsborough Community College, the Greater New York Society for Public Health Education, and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. It was endorsed by more than a dozen partner organizations and agencies.
The purpose of the extraordinarily well-received conference was to trigger a series of personal “Ahas,” including health practitioners who have much to be proud of as part of the New York City public and community health profession and workforce; within the city, certain communities/population groups experience disproportionate health problems (aka health disparities); being knowledgeable and skilled in these health areas is important but not enough; leaders are needed to spearhead health promotion and disease prevention and management campaigns; leadership requires a certain “mindset”; a leadership mindset can be taught and refined; many health practitioners have what it takes to become a leader; and affordable, local leadership training is available.
The goal of the conference was to inspire and recruit experienced public health practitioners to take on health leadership roles at the community, agency, and unit levels.
Conference registrants represented 84 different agencies and at least half of the attendees came with colleagues colleagues at the urging of conference planners. More than 48 public health practitioners from various bureau offices of the New York City Department of Health were in attendance.
Dr. Karen, Goldman, assistant professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation chaired the planning committee which included, assistant professor Jose Nanin, who co-directed the HIV/AIDS leadership opportunities track.
As follow up activities for the 2007 conference are being put into action, plans are already underway for the next conference which is scheduled for Friday, June 20, 2008.
Contact: Ruby Ryles