Global Health Programs: Sustainable Management Development Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is dedicated to strengthening health systems globally through improved public health leadership and management. CDC’s Sustainable Management Development Program develops and supports public health leaders by building country capacity to achieve lasting health improvements, developing strong partnerships, providing strategic leadership, and advancing the science base through applied research and evaluation.
Where We Work
- Central America
CDC’s Sustainable Management Development Program is founded on partnership and includes the use of mentoring, management expertise, and science-based best practices tailored to a country’s culture and conditions. CDC works with ministries of health to strengthen managers’ skills and competencies, improve program operations, and promote changes in policy and systems. The program aims to strengthen leadership through new and creative partnerships, globally and within CDC, that foster systems and support better health. With technical assistance from CDC, countries assess their management capabilities, address quality standards, and take action to implement policies and practices that improve organizational performance. At the national and district levels, CDC supports the development of practical management skills using classroom-based and online-based training, field-based learning, mentoring, and coaching. These skills can be applied directly to address current health priorities. By demonstrating how to transfer these skills to other health challenges a country may face, CDC helps develop effective and flexible managers. CDC is committed to building a stronger evidence base for global leadership and management sciences and their application to public health improvement.
Public Health Impact
- Since 1992, CDC has trained 407 fellows from 65 developing countries in public health management competencies including program planning, project management, process improvement, and performance management.
- CDC has established seven country management and leadership training programs which in turn have trained more than 3,000 health managers.
- In 2010, 42 senior health leaders from 15 countries learned how to improve their effectiveness in leading health development at a new Global Health Leadership Forum and are collaborating with CDC subject matter experts on follow-up projects that address health challenges in their countries.