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Ingham County Health Department team to participate in The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative

LANSING, Mich. – A team from the Ingham County Health Department is one of 20 teams nationwide selected as part of the second cohort of The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative. The two-person team includes Linda S. Vail, Ingham County Health Officer, and Sarah Bryant, Health Promotion and Prevention Division Manager.

During the 18-month program, Vail and Bryant will participate in an action-oriented program focused on the design and implementation of a transformative concept that shifts or expands the capacity of the health department. They will receive a grant of up to $125,000, as well as coaching and technical assistance to evolve their ideas into action.

“Public health leaders are valuable assets to our communities,” said Dr. Phyllis Meadows, senior advisor to The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program and the Emerging Leaders in Public Health lead. “Leaders in this program will have the opportunity to create meaningful and lasting change in their agencies that will positively impact those they serve.” 

Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative provides local public health leaders with additional support, knowledge and skills to address the challenges they face in their communities. The initiative develops local public health leaders in pairs. Each pair includes the health officer and a future leader from the public health agency.

“It is an honor to be selected by The Kresge Foundation,” said Vail. “I look forward to working with Sarah as we take our ideas from concept to reality, advancing the health of Ingham County.”

In 2015, 24 public health leaders participated in the inaugural cohort of the initiative. With the addition of Cohort II, Kresge is progressing towards its goal of providing leadership development and resources to 100 local, public health leaders across the country so that they can approach public health in a new way.


About The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.6 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. In 2015, the Board of Trustees approved 370 grants totaling $125.2 million, and nine social investment commitments totaling $20.3 million. For more information, visit