“Without leadership and management, even the strongest and proven public health interventions do not have the vehicle to succeed …”
Dr. Rebecca Martin, Director, Global Immunization Division (CDC)
The program opened with remarks by Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Howze, SMDP Team Lead, who highlighted SMDP’s journey and accomplishments in working with global health leaders. She touched briefly on SMDP’s accomplishments over the years, including establishing seven independent country management and leadership training programs across the globe, providing technical assistance in process improvement, which led to improved HIV/AIDS program outcomes in Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, and Vietnam; and training over 425 fellows from more than 70 low- and middle- income countries. “The theme of this event, “Why Leadership and Management Matter in Achieving Global Health Goals,” is a call for serious attention to be given to the training of public health leaders and managers all over the globe,” she said. “At this time of crisis in funding, it is a clarion call for change – to focus resources and energy where they will have the greatest impact on saving lives and improving public health.”
Following Dr. Howze’s remarks, Dr. James Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, moderated a lively and engaging panel discussion on “Why Leadership and Management Matter in Achieving Global Public Health Goals”. In his talk, “Leadership and Management Matters: Defining Expectations.” Dr. Dennis Lenaway, Chief, Public Health Systems Strengthening Branch, CDC, spoke of the need for management and leadership training at all levels of the workforce, not just the highest tiers. Dr. Rebecca Martin (INSERT title) shared photos and stories from CDC staff and volunteers working on the global effort to eradicate polio, and stressed the pivotal role that management and leadership play in their success.
Next, Dr. Salim Allana, Lead, Public Health Program Associate and Research Manager at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, discussed the impact of management training in improving research programs at Aga Khan University in Pakistan.
Dr. Anne Schuchat, Acting Director of CDC’s Center for Global Health, made closing remarks. “SMDP is a meaningful program in a very challenging field. I want to congratulate all of you and encourage you to think forward about how we’re going to be successful 20 years from now using those recipes for management and leadership that really make a difference at the grass roots level.”
The event concluded with presentation of awards to recognize individuals, programs, and institutions that have worked with SMDP and have had a powerful and positive impact upon management and leadership in global public health over the last two decades. Five awards were presented --
- The Global Health Leadership and Management Champion Award -- presented to Dr. William Foege for his strong advocacy of effective leadership and management in global public health.
- The Management for Improved Public Health (MIPH) Excellence in Management and Leadership Award -- presented to Mr. Steven Ludick for his role in improving health management in Botswana.
- The Global Health Program of Distinction Award - - presented to Andrija Stampar School of Public Health’s “Health-Plan for It” program in Croatia for its accomplishments in institutionalizing evidence-based health planning.
- The SMDP Rising Star Award - - presented toThe Morocco National Institute of Health Administration, Masters in Health Administration and Public Health Program a program that was established less than three years ago and is making tremendous progress .
- The SMDP Special Recognition Award -- presented to , Dr. Michael Malison for playing a pivotal role in establishing the Sustainable Management Development Program in 1992.