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Health Department Receives Leadership Grant

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Legislature authorized acceptance of a $125,000 Learning Resource Grant (spread over two years) from the Kresge Foundation to the Health Department, under its Emerging Leaders in Public Health program.  The program provides funding to local health departments throughout the country to make transformational change in their organizations and improve health outcomes in their communities.  The TCHD team (Public Health Director Frank Kruppa and Director of Health Promotion Samantha Hillson) were one of 20 local health departments across the country selected to participate. 

Director Kruppa told Legislators the program challenges local public health leaders, looking a decade ahead, to define and explore a defined and sustainable role for local health departments in the future. He said the initiative supported by the grant will involve internal stakeholders and the wider community, in achieving the concept of achieving the Health Department’s role as the population health strategist for addressing social determinants of health. 

The measure was approved by a 12-1 vote, with Legislator Dan Klein dissenting (Chair Martha Robertson was excused.)  Mr. Klein expressed some skepticism about the program, maintaining that if the Health Department was moving to a new role, the Legislature, advisory boards and employees would have been involved.  Director Kruppa said that is what is actually going to happen as this initiative moves forward.