Developing public health leaders, creating change, and reducing health inequities

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Since 1991, we have pioneered the field of health leadership by training, supporting, and coaching leaders to transform their communities into healthier places to live, work, and play.


Our Programs

National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health


Since 2011, NLAPH has provided training to four-person multi-sector teams from across the country to advance their leadership skills and achieve health equity in their community. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the one-year program uses an experiential learning process that includes webinars, a multi-day retreat, coaching support, peer networking, and an applied health leadership project.

California Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health


CaLAPH trains teams across California to address social determinants of health and to work towards health in all policies in their community.

National Leadership Academy for Community Health Improvement


For more information please see the NLACHI Summary.

Interested in Becoming a Coach?


We are always looking to identify potential coaches who stretch our thinking and bring varied experience and assets to our leadership work...

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CHLP’s impact can be seen both via formal evaluation and the ongoing work of our alumni teams…



Carol Woltring

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Carol Woltring, on October 20 from a brief illness. As the founding director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice, her brilliance, vision, and determination will be greatly missed by all of us in the field of public health.







GHWIC Leadership Program Recruitment

Beginning October 2015, CDC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) Component 1 grantees will have an opportunity to engage in a leadership academy through NLAPH. Read more about the program here. If you are interested or have questions, please contact us at


Congratulations, BUILD Health Challenge Grantees!

Among the 2015 BUILD Health Challenge grantees were members of two NLAPH alumni teams: San Bernardino Partners for Better Health (NLAPH Cohort 3 - 2014) and Colorado Community Center Collaborative (NLAPH Cohort 2 - 2013). Read more on our Evaluation and Impact page! Congratulations, San Bernardino and Colorado Springs!



The current and fourth cohort (2015) of the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health includes ten statewide teams, one nationwide team, and one team from Puerto Rico. Teams will advance their leadership skills collaboratively to transcend boundaries and transform communities across the nation. See how our Leadership Learning Network is expanding by viewing our Team Map by Location for 2012-2015 and watch this short NLAPH video to see and hear about the program and how we work! 



For an overview of the NLAPH program please watch this informational webinar, "Realizing the Collective Conscious: Innovation Model for Multi-Sector Leadership Development for the Public's Health" that was produced by the Leadership Learning Community.