State Health Officials

Career Achievement and Sustainability Evaluation

What qualities contribute to effective state health officials (SHOs)? Public health leadership has been analyzed and written about, but few studies have examined the personal characteristics and experiences of state health leaders and what their leadership looks like in the context of their state. This project explores the experience of SHOs through interviews, surveys, and research. By determining the model of a successful SHO, governors and legislators will have a tool to better understand and analyze the qualities and backgrounds of potential candidates, to best prepare them for the job and to avoid the indicators of derailment. Over the next year, the project team will share their findings through a series of presentations, articles, and more.