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Public Health Institute Leader Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

April 20, 2009

Carol Woltring, a longtime public health leader and program director at the Public Health Institute (PHI), has been awarded the National Leadership Development Network's top honor.

The Balderson Lifetime Public Health Leadership Award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the field of public health throughout a long career. Woltring is being honored for her work in public health leadership development and its impact nationally.

"It's an honor to do this work," said Woltring, executive director of PHI's Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP), which provides leadership development programs to train and support future public health leaders in the US and internationally. "This award is an additional honor and wonderful acknowledgement that the work we are doing is making a difference in the world."

Named for Tom Balderson, a policymaker who championed the development of public health leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the award honors leaders who have had national impact in the areas of public health and public health leadership over a long career. Woltring has been a health care provider, teacher, policy analyst, researcher and public health administrator. Before joining PHI, she held leadership positions in local and state health departments.

In 1991, she helped to design and then managed for nine years the first National Public Health Leadership Institute, funded by the CDC. This yearlong institute became a model for public health leadership development in the nation.At CHLP, Woltring also developed international leadership programs for USAID, the World Bank and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Additionally, she designed and led a mentorship program for new state health department directors.

Most recently, Woltring is the director of the California/Hawaii Public Health Leadership Institute, a new leadership development program she helped design for the states of California and Hawaii. She is a partner with the University of North Carolina School of Public Health on the National Public Health Leadership Institute. She is on the management team and faculty.

Woltring will accept the Balderson Lifetime Award at the National Public Health Leadership Development Network's annual conference, to be held in St. Louis, MO, on April 22.