Loma Linda University Health Part of Team to Help Improve Health in San Bernardino County

NLAPH is a national program focused on improving population health by working with multi-sector leadership teams and training these teams through an applied, team-based collaborative leadership development model.

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Loma Linda, Calif. (PRWEB) April 11, 2014

The 2014 San Bernardino County Partners for Better Health Team has been selected to participate in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Members of the San Bernardino County Team include: Dora Barilla, Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Innovation, Loma Linda University Health; Evette De Luca, Director, Partners for Better Health; George Searcy, Executive Director, Hope Through Housing; and Trudy Raymundo, Public Health Director, San Bernardino County.

NLAPH is a national program focused on improving population health by working with multi-sector leadership teams and training these teams through an applied, team-based collaborative leadership development model. The program is implemented by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP), a center of the Public Health Institute (PHI), and will provide training and support for a period of one year.

“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, 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.”

“The San Bernardino County team will assess and make recommendations regarding innovative cross-sectorial models giving us the necessary framework for strategies that will ensure sustainability of preventive and population health services,” Raymundo said.

Barilla said, “We at Loma Linda University Health are very proud to be part of this tem that will work to improve the health of residents in San Bernardino County. Improving our community’s health includes many components and requires strong partnerships among community members that share the same goal.”

NLAPH will provide training and support to assist the team in successfully addressing public health issues in San Bernardino County. Training and support will focus on two tracks. The first is the development of leadership skills, including personal and collaborative leadership in a multi-sector environment. The second emphasizes 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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About Loma Linda University Health (LLUH)
Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, LLUH is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."