SIU Rural Health Director Completes Executive Leadership Training


January 24, 2014

SIU Rural Health Director Completes Executive Leadership Training

Kimberly Sanders, director of SIU School of Medicine’s Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development, recently completed a leadership training session at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The inaugural four-day executive education training opportunity was offered exclusively with the Delta Regional Authority’s Leadership Institute. The program, designed and led by Harvard faculty, focused on cutting-edge leadership principles in the U.S.

The Delta Leadership Institute provides educational experiences for committed community members that enhance their leadership skills and abilities to create solutions to the region’s challenges. Graduates from the Academy become members of the Delta Leadership Network, taking their new knowledge and understanding of issues home to better serve their communities and develop new ways of thinking that foster regional collaborations and partnerships.

Delta Leadership Institute is a three-entity collaboration among the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, Arkansas State University’s Delta Center for Economic Development and the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Social Science Research Laboratory with support from an eight state region.

Sanders, Kimberly Kimberly Sanders

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes in the Delta.

SIU School of Medicine’s Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development is a resource center serving the southern Illinois region to strengthen the rural health infrastructure and promote opportunities to enhance the health of residents.

Sanders joined SIU in 2002. She earned her master’s degree in public health from SIU Carbondale (2007), her master’s in business administration from SIU Edwardsville (1999) and bachelor’s in community health education from SIUC (1987).

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