In 2018, with support from U-M Poverty Solutions and the DMC Foundation, the Detroit Health Department worked with CHRT to develop a new fellowship program for departmental staff–one designed to build specific skills and knowledge that would positively impact public health service delivery in Detroit.
The fellowship engages DHD personnel who work in a wide variety of departments and roles such as maternal and child health, environmental health, lead poisoning prevention, child and adult immunizations, and more.
Interactive sessions led by CHRT staff are designed to build knowledge in systems thinking, data analytics, policy engagement, and communications so that new skills and practices can be applied by DHD staff in their daily work.
Sessions also include guest panels and presenters, including Dr. Jack Billi, a Michigan Medicine expert on quality improvement and lean process management, and Representative Abdullah Hammoud, a vice chair of the Michigan State House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
The curriculum covers public health policy, health and human services integration, project management, program evaluation, community coalition-building, and more.