February 23, 2023

Exciting Year for IPPHL

IPPHL Orientation

The International Program in Public Health Leadership (IPPHL) is celebrating its seventh year with the announcement of its next cohort, the return to international travel, and the creation of a new Summit gathering in Kenya to spotlight and support alumni in global collective action.

Public Health Leaders as Policy Leaders

IPPHL’s annual fellowship program provides an experiential eight-month learning journey for public health professionals as they design and lead critical policy and program implementation in their countries. Through a mix of online and in-person engagement, fellows work their way through a curriculum designed to build or expand on topics such as theory of change, policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, and personal leadership development.

Fellows identify evidence-based recommendations and plans for real-time implementation, graduating with a policy project ready for action. IPPHL offers a unique combination of approaches to integrate the policy and leadership curriculum including:

  • 1:1 advising relationship with approximately 20 Evans and UW faculty
  • A continent-wide peer network and collaboration opportunities with their cohort and 115 program alumni across Africa
  • Executive coaching for individual leadership development
  • Online and in-person engagement in Seattle and Africa (this year in Nairobi)

Cohort 6

This year’s cohort of 40 fellows hail from 24 different countries and bring a range of expertise including HIV/AIDS, mental health, nutrition, health system strengthening, primary health care, and so much more. Primarily working at the country level within ministries of health, fellows lead in a variety of roles from medical officers to directors to chiefs of staff.

Cohort 6 by the numbers, a map of Africa that shows dots where each participant comes from

Beginning in March, fellows will participate in a series of live virtual sessions to set the foundation of policy analysis and begin development of their chosen policy or implementation challenge.

Past themes from these policy projects include the importance of strategies to increase access to healthcare services, with a strong focus on health equity. These strategies included developing community-based approaches and attending to the most vulnerable populations, including people living with HIV and those dealing with substance use disorders. Health systems strengthening themes also cut across many project areas from telehealth services, supply chain improvements, service coordination, and developing universal health coverage programs. Explore the full compilation of policy project memos from our 2022 cohort.

In June, we will return to international travel for the first time in three years, welcoming Cohort 6 to the Evans School and Seattle for two weeks of workshops and community connections. Fellows meet up again this August in Kenya for their capstone and graduation, entering our robust and active alumni network.

Alumni Dashboard

For the first time ever, IPPHL will host an all-alumni Summit in Nairobi, Kenya this September, bringing together over 150 alumni from 20+ countries across Africa for a series of activities and action. The Summit will launch our community into the next phase of collective action, solidify connections, co-create a shared vision for the future of IPPHL programming, and amplify the work and impact alumni are leading.

Our alumni expertise runs deep, and we invite you to explore our new Alumni Dashboard and imagine how your work might overlap or integrate. Do you have ideas or suggestions on ways to collaborate with the program or our alumni? Let us know: ipphl@uw.edu.