Partnership targets community-health leadership

Karen McNeil-Miller
Karen McNeil-Miller

The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem are teaming up to train the next generation of community-health leaders in Eastern North Carolina.

Part of a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., North Carolina was one of nine sites throughout the United States selected for the effort.

The goal of the project is to equip professionals working in health and health-related nonprofits to lead their organizations.

“We know that the ultimate result and greatest result of this effort will be improved health care and improved health for our most vulnerable residents in that region,” Karen McNeil-Miller, president of the Reynolds Trust, says in a statement.

With applications due late this summer, the Reynolds Trust will help recruit applicants in seven counties in Eastern North Carolina that are mainly rural and are home to mainly low-income and minority populations.

The Center for Creative Leadership will provide a 16-month leadership curriculum for 30 fellows that will include face-to-face training sessions, individualized executive coaching, and team projects.

Each fellow will receive training worth roughly $25,000.

The leadership training effort is part of a broad range of strategies that are emerging to prepare for the expected departure of senior leaders in nonprofits throughout the United States.

A recent study by the Bridgespan Group in Boston estimated that nonprofit groups would need roughly 80,000 new senior managers a year starting in 2016.

And a 2006 report by the Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C., and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in San Francisco found that three-fourths of nonprofit executive directors surveyed in eight cities did not plan on being in their current jobs in five years.

Eastern North Carolina was selected because of the particular health needs related to its population and economy.

Information sessions on the training program and application process will be held June 22 from 2 pm. to 4 p.m. and June 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Area L AHEC at 1631 Wesleyan Blvd. in Rocky Mount.

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