Transforming Leadership Opportunities for State Health Officials

Grant Amount: $227,605
Recipient: Indiana University, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Public health leadership has been often analyzed and written about over the last thirty years. However, few studies have examined the personal characteristics and experiences of state health leaders and what their leadership looks like in the context of their state.

This project explores the experience of State Health Officers through interviews, surveys, and research. By determining the model of a successful State Health Officer, governors and legislators will have a tool to better understand and analyze the qualities and background of potential candidates, to best prepare them for the job, and to avoid the indicators of derailment. Through the selection of strong and qualified State Health Officers, along with comprehensive orientation and evidence-based performance management techniques, effective leadership has the potential to lead to improved public health systems and health outcomes.