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Center for Minority Health’s Mario C. Browne Graduates from Emerging Leaders in Public Health Program

PITTSBURGH , March 26, 2008 — Mario C. Browne, M.P.H., project director, Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH),has completed the prestigious Emerging Leaders in Public Health Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Designed to prepare the next generation of public health leaders, the nine-month program added new skills to Mr. Browne’s extensive background in planning and executing culturally appropriate public health programs in African-American communities in Pittsburgh. 

“I am excited to have completed this intensive leadership program,” said Mr. Browne. “The program provided me with additional skills related to human resources, communication and financial management to address crises in the public health field.” In addition to completing the program, Mr. Browne’s action learning team was awarded the “Blue Ribbon” for the best action learning case study presentation, E. Coli Outbreak at the North Carolina State Fair: Is the petting zoo fair at the Fair?

Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D., Philip Hallen Professor of Community Health and Social Justice and director of the Center for Minority Health,  said, “Mario represents the type of innovative leader public health must identify, cultivate and support if we hope to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.”

Only 25 out of more than 200 applicants were accepted into the 2007-2008 Emerging Leaders Program. The program’s topics include leading and managing in a turbulent environment, analyzing crisis scenarios and assessing their potential impact on one’s organization and community, creating sustainable organizations in public health and managing an increasingly diverse work force. The methods used to facilitate the sessions include personalized coaching, action learning teams, on-site seminars and peer coaching.

Mr. Browne completed his master’s in public health in behavioral and community health sciences at GSPH in 2005.

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