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Health Leadership & Communications Training





Join us this spring and summer for a free, local, three-part Health Leadership and Communications training program sponsored by the Local Health Authority Commission. 

  • You will discover new tools to communicate, advocate and make a difference.
  • You will learn to speak publicly with confidence.
  • You will meet and work with the health leaders in your county.
  • You will become part of the next generation of Imperial County leaders.

Apply now and learn new skills to become a force for positive change in Imperial County. 

Continue reading below for program and application details.


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Program Overview

We are looking for residents from across Imperial County to participate in the Valley's first-ever joint community/stakeholder Health Leadership and Communications Training. The training will hone and develop residents' decision-making, presentation and messaging skills so that they can be spokespeople and advocate for health issues that are important to them and their communities. As a result of the training, residents will be able to engage with their community, including local government, and be change agents to address health improvements in Imperial County.

The training will take place from May to early July, after which graduates will have the opportunity to fill volunteer positions as community representatives within local committees and work groups to immediately use what they have learned. Graduates will also participate in an Imperial County Health Summit that will include representatives from local health, social service, and community organizations. 

Students are expected to attend all trainings and the summit and should plan in advance accordingly. The daily schedule is 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

This training program is part of our larger effort to strengthen community health advocates and leadership within our community.  This Resident Leaders Training opportunity is the first part of a three-part process.  Click here for more information about how the Resident Leader Training fits into the larger plan.  


Program Timeline & Workshop Agendas

All workshops and trainings will take place locally in Imperial County.  

  • Application Opens: February 15, 2018
  • Application Closes: 11:59 PM on March 19, 2018
  • Workshop Training #1: May 4 – May 6, 2018 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)*
  • Workshop Training #2:  June 1 – June 3, 2018 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)*
  • Workshop Training #3:  July 13 – July 16, 2018 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)*
  • Health Summit: Date in November to be determined 

*See the "Become a Trainer" section below for details about committing additional time to this program that will enable you to train others in the program concepts.  Selected Trainers will receive a $1,000 stipend upon successful completion of the program.

To see the full overview of agendas for each workshop, click here


Program Trainers

This training program and its workshops will be led by Environmental Financing Center West (EFCWest). Your workshop trainers will be Sarah Diefendorf and Elaine McCarty; check out their bios here.


Applicant Criteria


This training aims to enrich the growth and development of Imperial County’s health initiatives.  Although participants are not heavily evaluated based on their demographics, we hope that the criteria will allow for selection of a group of leaders that reflect the diversity of Imperial County. Overall, criteria assess:

  • Leadership potential and/or experience
  • Concern for and/or experience with health issues in Imperial County
  • Potential to be an active participant/team player in the program and in volunteer work following the program

Graduation from the program will not be considered as an end-point, but rather the beginning of the next stage for one’s leadership journey. Applicants will be expected to join County workgroups and committees or otherwise engage in the issues in the fall of 2018.


The requirements for this program include:

  • A basic understanding of computers including Internet and email use.
  • An ability to speak, read and write English.
  • An ability to serve on average about 4 voluntary hours/month in public and community organizations such as Local Health Authority Advisory CommitteesCommunity Health Improvement Plan workgroups, or other local groups working on health issues.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.


Become a Trainer

There are opportunities for 2-4 students in the Health Leadership & Communications Training program to become trainers. Those selected to become trainers will receive additional training to become more familiar with the course material and to become trainers themselves. Becoming a trainer requires additional time, effort and responsibility. Trainers will also receive a $1,000 stipend upon successful completion of the program.

If you are interested in becoming a trainer, please be sure to indicate this on the electronic application.  Trainer applicants will be required to answer a few additional application questions.  Those who are accepted to be trainers will be required to attend three additional half-day training on May 3, May 31 and July 5, before the scheduled workshops.  



Application will only be accepted electronically.  We recommend that you review the application questions before starting the electronic application so you can prepare a formulate your answers ahead of time.  While the electronic application is not timed, if you exit the application, you will need to start your application over again. 

You can download a full list of application questions by clicking here.  The deadline for submission of electronic applications is 11:59 PM on March 19, 2018.