Satcher Health Leadership Institutes Hosts Mayors for Healthy Communities Program


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Morehouse School of Medicine







SHLISeptember 2, 2014 - ATLANTA - Morehouse School of Medicine’s (MSM) Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) in partnership with the World Conference of Mayors (WCM) hosted an intensive one week community health leadership training, August 4- 8, 2014 entitled, “Mayors for Healthy Communities Program (MHCP),” at the National Center for Primary Care on the campus of Morehouse School of Medicine. SHLI Executive Director and Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D. led this health leadership training to collaborate, stimulate and support positive and constructive relationships between mayors, officials and community partners to address the health and wellness needs of their communities.


“Healthy living begins at home,” explains Dr. David Satcher. “That’s why it’s imperative that local communities provide and encourage healthy alternatives such as exercise and healthy diets. We have to work together to build stronger, healthier and sustainable communities. ”


“The goal of this week long training is to provide powerful, tangible, measurable tools and resources that benefit small to medium-sized cities through increased efforts and capacity for healthy, resilient communities, ”Mayor Johnny Ford, Tuskegee, Ala, Founder of the World Conference of Mayors. ”I am really encouraged by the participation.” 


The training sessions were facilitated discussions by public health officials, public officials and healthcare professionals, including Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM); Dr. David Satcher, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Pouissant-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health and 16th US Surgeon General; Dr. Kisha B. Holden, Deputy Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Morehouse School of Medicine and Dr. Harry Heiman, Director, Health Policy, Satcher Health Leadership Institute. On Wednesday, August 6, 2014 the training program was followed by a reception with remarks on behalf of the Regional Director, Dr. Pamela Roshell, Office of Region IV, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) represented by April Washington, Public Affairs Specialist and followed by additional remarks from the Regional Administrator, Carlis Williams, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), DHHS.


By the end of the training participants were be able to:


  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of leadership in promoting community health
  • Discuss the responsibilities of the leader in team development and management for enhancing community health
  • Prioritize health issues in their communities, and develop a plan to identify, analyze, adapt, and implement the most appropriate evidence-based practices to address these health issues
  • Develop partnerships, and identify potential funding opportunities to sustain health interventions
  • Develop a community health policy action plan that addresses prioritized health issues in communities


Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI)

The Mission of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is to develop a diverse group of exceptional health leaders, advance and support comprehensive health system strategies, and actively promote policies and practices that will reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities in communities.


The Mayors for Healthy Communities Program (MHCP)

The Mayors for Healthy Communities Program (MHCP) is a project designed to close the gap between academic medicine or academic health centers and the community through capacity building in communities of greatest need by connecting to people who are most affected by disparities SHLI in partnership with the World Conference of Mayors (WCM) will enhance the health leadership skills of mayors, elected officials, and community leaders from cities in the United States and provide expertise in health-related project development, implementation and evaluation in these cities.


The Mayors for Healthy Communities Program is a program designed to mobilize and engage mayors and community leaders in the United States, by enhancing their health leadership skills, providing community health resources, and motivating leaders to influence policies and implement health projects that will eliminate health disparities.


About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) was founded in 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia, as a two-year medical education program at Morehouse College, with clinical training affiliations with several established medical schools for awarding the M.D. degree. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution and the first medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.


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