Children’s Health Leadership Network Announces First Class of Advocates

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and The Atlantic Philanthropies are pleased to announce the first class selected to participate in the Children’s Health Leadership Network, a rigorous results-based leadership development initiative. The 16 participants, drawn from 14 states, reflect a rich cross section of innovative public health administrators, policy analysts, program directors, and nonprofit child advocates. The network aims to both strengthen and expand the field of leaders from across the country who are effectively advocating for improved outcomes for children’s health and well-being in their communities.

“We are excited to partner with the Anne E. Casey Foundation—with vital seed capital from The Atlantic Philanthropies—in bringing to life a broad, dynamic, and diverse national network of 100 strong leaders ready to ensure our children’s health and well-being” says Dr. Liane Wong, a program officer in the Children, Families and Communities Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. “Our goal is to support these leaders as they work to bring about sustained progress at the national, state, and local levels that furthers the health of all our children. We know that real and transformational change requires smart, thoughtful, and committed leaders that reflect the communities we seek to serve while fully engaging in their own learning and readiness to take up the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

With funding from the three foundations over the course of several years, this program will develop a pool of nearly 100 health advocates in leadership positions who are driving change and forging new partnerships within their communities. Beginning in January 2016, first class will engage in a series of nine in-depth seminars over a period of 16 months, covering such topics as child health policy, child advocacy, an introduction to results-based leadership, and effective strategies to improve outcomes in measurable ways.

Participants in the network will be uniquely positioned to shape policy decisions and implement effective strategies for lasting change, having gained the confidence and skills to leverage data, execute best practices, and communicate an effective message of the progress being made.

The full release from today’s event can be found here.