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Government leaders are the drivers of innovation and improvement in population health. The Milbank Memorial Fund invests in the development of state and county health leaders with its Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and Milbank Fellows Program (MFP). The 2021–22 cohorts of both programs are kicking off this month.
ELP is a 10-month program now in its fifth year that seeks to develop practical, hands-on leadership skills in future senior executive and legislative officials to help them address the challenges and opportunities in today’s complex health policy environment.
“While I had been in management for several years, once I moved to director it was a whole different ball game,” said ELP alumna Sandra Manzo de Puebla. De Puebla, who is now the Senior Director of Federal & State Authorities at Oklahoma Health Care Authority, explains how the program was transformative for her. “[ELP] gave me the ability to be more assertive and confident. It moved me from a place of aspiring to be like others to realizing that I could also be one of those people who can influence others and bring others up.”
MFP is a new leadership program designed for senior executive branch and senior legislative state government leaders committed to improving population health in their communities. Along with in-person and virtual meetings, Fellows have access to individualized technical assistance for themselves and their senior teams on areas of interest.
Gretchen Hammer is a consultant and former Colorado Medicaid director who is working with Colorado Health Institute to design and execute the MFP year. “Improving population health requires partnership and collaboration between the legislative branch and the executive branch,” Hammer said. “The MFP will be a unique opportunity for senior health and human services leaders to learn together and learn from one another about how to effectively make progress and implement big ideas.”
Milbank Memorial Fund President Christopher Koller pointed out that we are living in a challenging time for supporters of improved population health. “Life expectancy in the United States is flat or declining, disparities in health outcomes persist— driven by systemic racism — and we continue to confront a pandemic that is indifferent to the politics that can divide us,” Koller said. “Confronting these challenges is the work of government, and the Fund is proud to support and nurture the talented and diverse set of officials in our ELP and MFP who will lead this critical work — today and tomorrow.”
Below is a list of the members of this year’s cohorts for both ELP and MFP.
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