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Creating Public Health Leaders

Members of the Nassau County Public Health Leadership Collaborative (l-r: Dr. Mark Horton, Jessica Clark'17, Charlie Arrowood, Nina Sculco'14, and Prof. Anthony Santella)

Faculty and alumni from the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program have been selected to participate in a national leadership program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that aims to address important public health issues and improve outcomes.

Professor Anthony Santella, DrPH, and MPH alumni Nina Sculco’14 and Jessica Clark ’17 are among the members who comprise the Nassau County Public Health Leadership Collaborative, one of ten teams chosen to participate in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) program.  NLAPH will work with the teams through a team-based collaborative leadership development model to improve population health.

“Participating in NLAPH will give our team a chance to make a meaningful contribution to society and help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nassau County,” said Professor Santella, whose team will focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating tools and strategies for engaging heterosexual Black/African American women and gay/bisexual men in Nassau County ETE (Ending The Epidemic) efforts. This includes health fairs, community outreach, community education, sexual health campaigns, provider continuing education, local and state advocacy, and ETE-related research and evaluation.

Professor Santella will serve as coordinator of the four-member team.  Members include Sculco, the director of the Nassau County Department of Health’s HIV/STD Control Program; Clark, the community outreach liaison at Northwell Health’s Center for AIDS Research and Treatment, and Charlie Arrowood, JD, community mobilization coordinator at Pride for Youth, a program of the Long Island Crisis Center. The team’s coach is Mark Horton, MD, MSPH, a physician and public health official with 18 years of experience in the clinical practice of pediatrics and more than 15 years of experience directing state and local public health agencies. 

The NLAPH program provides training and support for one year, and is implemented by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP), a center of the nonprofit Public Health Institute.

“This program will impart population health teams with the skills to lead across sectors and collaboratively solve complex population health problems in innovative ways,” said Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH, Public Health Institute’s vice president for external relations and CHLP’s director. “These are the types of leaders who will ultimately be able to drive critical efforts, such as the adoption of evidence-based policies and practices at the community level, which can have a tangible impact on health outcomes.”

NLAPH will work with the team, with a focus on two tracks: first, the development of personal and collaborate leadership skills in a multi-sector environment, and secondly, an emphasis on growth from team-based collaborative work to policy and systems change.  NLAPH is provided at no cost to the participants or the community.

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