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Health dept. employee selected for KY-PHELI class

Jan. 29—GREENUP — Krista Alexander RN, BSN has been selected to participate in the Kentucky Public Health Emerging Leadership Institute.

Each year, the KY-PHELI provides training for 36 emerging public health leaders from local, district and state health departments in Kentucky.

The goal of KY-PHELI is to advance the leadership skills needed to address the social, community-based and economic determinants of health.

Alexander and the other participants were selected from 71 applicants across Kentucky. The sessions are a blend of virtual and in-person classes. Emerging Leaders collaboratively explore issues in leadership practices and principles including cultural competence, managing conflict, decision-making and collaborative leadership. Each participant assesses their leadership strengths and identifies an adaptive leadership challenge to focus on during the Institute.

Participants will have opportunities to apply and share with others what they have learned.

"I wanted to participate in the Kentucky Health Emerging Leadership Institute because it would help me learn more about leadership skills so I can apply them at my organization, and it would help me gain more confidence in myself," Alexander said. "I have currently worked in Public Health for 13 years and as an emerging leader, I will represent not only my staff, but be a spokesperson for the health needs of my community."

Chris Crum, public health director at GCHD, said, "We encourage our employees at the Greenup County Health Department to pursue these leadership opportunities for the benefit of themselves and our community. Eastern Kentucky has long had the reputation of losing our smartest and most talented residents to the bigger cities. This class will enhance the abilities of a GCHD employee who is focused on making public health a priority not only here in Greenup County, but in the entire region as well."