Leadership Academy

Four Eastern Shore Healthy Communities partners were selected as Fellows in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health sponsored by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice.  The NLAPH improves population health by training multi-sectoral teams in an applied, team-based, and collaborative leadership development model.  An applied health leadership project was the primary vehicle for learning through the program, whose core competencies were:

  • Leadership mastery
  • Ability to work effectively across sectors
  • Application of continuous quality improvement principles
  • Appripriate use of data for planning, assessment, monitoring and evaluation
  • Commitment to a public health perspective.

Our fellowship team proposed two projects:  boosting our already existing Worksite and Faith Communities Wellness Policies initiative and creating both an adult and youth Leadership Academy.  The initial Youth Leadership Academy started in the fall of 2014 and completed their program in April 2015. The second class of scholars completed the course in May of 2016.

We are currently accepting applications and nominations for the 2017 program to begin February 4, 2017.   

Deadline for Applications:  January 25, 2017

More Information and Submit application contact:  Rochelle Brown, Administrative Assistant to the President, Eastern Shore Community College, 29300 Lankford Highway, Melfa, VA  23410, or email to rbrown@es.vccs.edu and ask for a return receipt. Questions?  Call 757-635-3208


Youth Leadership Academy

Youth Leadership Academy printable handouts

Youth, ages 15 to 18 years, from Virginia’s Eastern Shore may nominate themselves or they may be nominated by their church, school, or a civic, government, or business organization. The nomination form is simple and two references are required.  Selection will be based on merit, as well as diversity.  The class will represent diversity in geography, gender, race and culture.  Our first class of 20 fellows  not only learned from a diverse staff of community leaders, they  also provided input to shape the content of future Leadership Academy classes.  By selecting high school students, it is hoped that they may contribute to the Leadership Academy with feedback for improvement, and they may also serve as mentors to their succeeding class of Leadership Scholars by sharing their experiences.

Over the course of six Saturdays in February, March and April, Leadership Fellows will be involved in interactive learning, project development and practical application of leadership skills.  Topics to be covered include the following

  • Self and team leadership
  • Effective communication
  • Value of collective impact
  • Community health leadership
  • Systems/Political leadership
  • Local governments
  • Economy
  • Health
  •  Education
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Safety
  • Employment
  • Food supply
  • Poverty
  • Equity and Disparity

Leadership scholars will apply their skills, working in small groups, by undertaking a community improvement initiative using a policies, system and environmental change approach.  Project results will be presented during the last class.


Funding for the Youth Leadership Academy was supplied by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.  Work Group Chair for this environmental initiative is Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover (Eastern Shore Community College).