Track 2 - Leadership

Management and Workforce Development

Sharing Session - 90 Minutes

F3 - Public Health is a Highway, Let’s Steer It a Better Way: Defining, Promoting, and Assessing Chief Health Strategist Competencies for Local Public Health Leadership

Wednesday, July 11
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Salon F/G

This interactive session, sponsored by the NACCHO Workforce and Leadership Committee, will introduce participants to a newly developed set of competencies designed to assist agencies in identifying proficient Chief Health Strategists and individuals interested in becoming adept Chief Health Strategists in their community. Attendees will review the new competency set, complete and comment on a drafted competency assessment tool, and participate in a discussion on the best formats to support individuals seeking proficiency in the Chief Health Strategist competencies.This session will help position public health professionals to assume the role of Chief Health Strategist in their community and position public health agencies to identify adept Chief Health Strategists.

Keywords

Chief Health Strategist, Leadership & Management, Workforce

Alan Melnick, MD, MPH, CPH

Health Officer/Director
Clark County Public Health Department

Alan Melnick, MD, MPH, CPH is Public Health Director/Health Officer for Clark County, Washington, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)/Portland State University School of Public Health. He has served as Health Officer for several counties in Oregon and Washington, including Washington, Clackamas and Cowlitz Counties, and is former Director of the OHSU Joint Residency in Family Medicine/Public Health & General Preventive Medicine. Dr. Melnick is Co-Chair of the NACCHO Workforce and Leadership Development Committee, member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and former NACCHO Board member. Dr. Melnick was a 1999 Health Resources and Services Administration Primary Care Policy Fellow and served four years on the Community Level Health Promotion Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Melnick was a year 1993-94 Scholar in the National Public Health Leadership Institute and past Chair of its alumni association, the Public Health Leadership Society (PHLS). Within Washington State, Dr. Melnick is on the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Medical Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials (WSALPHO) and Chair of the WSALPHO Health Officers Committee. Within Clark County, Dr. Melnick is a member of the Regional Health Improvement Plan Council of the Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health and member of the Community Board of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. He has authored two books, numerous other publications and published a third book with three coauthors, “Essentials of Public Health Ethics.”

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Veena Viswanathan, MPH

Business Consultant and Accreditation Manager
Austin Public Health

Veena Viswanathan, Business Consultant and Accreditation Coordinator for Austin Public Health (APH), has worked in nonprofit and government sectors for over twenty years with the last 9 years at APH focusing on community and agency planning, program management, workforce development, and performance improvement/accreditation. Viswanathan manages public health accreditation at APH in Austin, Texas and advises department planning, communications, health equity, professional development, and quality improvement.

Viswanathan successfully led the department though achieving national public health accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board in 2016 and facilitated establishing community health improvement planning after managing the first comprehensive community health assessment and improvement plan in 2013.

Prior to joining APH, Viswanathan’s experience included private and public work in Texas and New York related to research and development, planning, family and youth services, and obesity prevention.

Viswanathan’s background includes service on national and local boards and committees for public health, arts and education, and mental/behavioral health.

Viswanathan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University.

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Terry Brandenburg, MBA, MPH, CPH

MPH Program Director
Medical College of Wisconsin

Terry Brandenburg is currently the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Prior to this appointment he worked in local public health departments for over 34 years, serving as a public health officer for 27 of those years.
In addition to years of experience in public health practice at the local level, Mr. Brandenburg has been active in many statewide initiatives in Wisconsin including the development of the 2010 and 2020 state public health plan, the revision of Wisconsin’s public health statutes, and past president of the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (Wisconsin’s SACCHO). Mr. Brandenburg currently serves on the Wisconsin Public Health Council that advises the governor and legislature on public health issues.
Nationally he has served as chair of the National Public Health Leadership Society, served two terms on the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Board, served as chair of the NACCHO Audit Committee, served on the NACCHO Community Health and Prevention Committee, currently serves as a member of the NACCHO Workforce and Leadership Development Committee, and was a mentor in the NACCHO Survive & Thrive Program.
Mr. Brandenburg has a BS degree in Environmental & Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, master’s degrees in business administration (MBA) and public administration (MPA) from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a master of public health (MPH) degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Mr. Brandenburg was a fellow in the CDC National Public Health Leadership Institute and is currently certified in public health (CPH) through the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Mr. Brandenburg continues to work on public health practice projects serving as a site visitor for both the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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