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Blanca Rico

The PLP broadened my understanding of women’s rights,
gender and
health in other countries."

- Blanca Rico, Mexico



Leadership Training

Effective leadership in population and reproductive health for the developing world requires interlocking abilities and skills. Leaders apply strong analytic skills to understand complex policy and management issues and to craft creative approaches for the future. Leaders translate vision and ideas into effective policies and programs by understanding what works in the social and political contexts in which they operate. Leaders demonstrate compassion for the people they serve and ethical integrity in their actions.

The Program builds skills in all these dimensions through a year-long program of study, reflection, professional development, and networking. Fellows participate in two seminars. One helps Fellows assess and enhance their own leadership styles, skills, and abilities, focusing on public speaking, facilitation, grant writing, advocacy, crisis management, and conflict resolution.

The second examines the conceptual foundations of family planning and reproductive health policy and the social context of which health policies and services. It addresses essential management skills such as planning, implementation, negotiation, ethics, financial and personnel management, public/private partnerships, policy analysis, management of political environments, communication, and evaluation.

Fellows select additional University courses appropriate for their professional goals in fields such as public and nonprofit management, epidemiology, health services management, and demography.

The Fellowship is a one-year, non-degree program. Credits acquired may be transferable to some degree programs.