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Winter Intersession Course - A Toolkit for Career Success

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Anna Baetjer Room (W1030)

The Career Services Office and the Office of Alumni Relations are co-sponsoring a career-related winter intersession course entitled, "A Toolkit for Career Success." Facilitated by alumnus Dr. Ruben F. del Prado (MPH, 1988), the course will be divided into two main topics. "Words" and "Managing for Results."

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9:00 - 9:30 amRegistration
9:30 - 9:50 amWelcome & Career Services Overview (Paul Hutchinson, Assistant Director, Career Services)
9:50 - 11:00 amWords (Facilitator: Ruben F. del Prado)
11:00- 11:15 amBreak
11:15 - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 - 1:15 pmLunch
1:15 - 3:45 pmManaging for Results (Facilitator: Ruben F. del Prado)
3:45 - 4:00 pmBreak
4:00 - 4:45 pmReflections (Facilitator: Paul Hutchinson)


Objective:  To present and discuss the importance and power of words in our work as public health professionals

Description: From the very beginning when our first words were uttered, the ability to communicate has played an important role in our lives. Whether within our own thoughts, spoken or written, words have the power to transform the world we live in. Love, laughter, heroism, friendship, and virtually every emotion we feel as human beings can be inspired by words. Unfortunately, fear, anger, and hatred, can also be invoked by words. Language is at its best when used to inspire others to find the best in themselves.

We see the impact of words we choose on the world around us and our own biases, prejudices, and selective attention in the words that we hear. Words and their intent mean different things to different people. A word is like a living organism, capable of growing, changing, spreading, and influencing the world in many ways, directly and indirectly through others. As we ponder the power of the word to incite and divide, to calm and connect, or to create and effect change, we have to be ever more cautious in what we say and how we listen to the words around us.

"To find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived . . this is to have succeeded."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Objective: To present, discuss and practice Results Based Management in working towards the public’s health

Description: Managing for Results in Public Health is working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of what we do for contributing to the quality of life, wellness and wellbeing of communities. Managing for Results is a strategic planning and performance measurement that emphasizes the achievement of measurable results and continuous improvement by doing the right things with the best use of resources.

Those charged with leadership and management in the health sector urgently need to be skilled and retooled in leadership and management competencies. This will enable them to plan, organize and maximize the use of available resources and the efforts of the workforce under their care in achieving their respective missions and goals. Good leadership is about providing direction to gain commitment to achieve results! Although there have been attempts to skill and retool the managers, the efforts have been inconsistent and haphazard at best. There has been limited strategic and systemic building of management and public health leadership capacity due to various reasons. First, it has been commonly assumed that a good health professional (doctor, nurse, community health worker (CHW), etc.) is also a good manager. Acumen in clinical, surgical and community health skills have been equated with acumen in leadership and management. It is not surprising to find that the "Nurse of the Year" is promoted to the position of District Nursing Officer or the "top Cardiothoracic Surgeon" is made the Chief Medical Officer (Director of Medical Services) or even the Permanent Secretary (Principal Secretary) in the Ministry of Health. Some learned on the job but others have been total disasters!

Health systems need leaders who can clearly articulate and execute the visions of health policies and strategic plans that litter the shelves of departments of health. What leaders need is to be well equipped with competencies to enable them to:

SCAN for opportunities and resources;

FOCUS on priority areas for attention without losing the vision;

ALIGN and MOBILIZE critical constituencies to produce desired results;

INSPIRE by walking ones talk and acknowledging creativity and effort;

PLAN for tomorrow and anticipate the future;

ORGANIZE to get all needed resources at the right time, place and quantities;

IMPLEMENT the plans to deliver intended results;

MONITOR the work to keep things on track and

EVALUATE whether intended results are achieved.

In sum, these are practices of effective public health managers who lead and obtain desired results by enabling others to face challenges and create the positive future that people envision, while ensuring that resources are used efficiently and effectively.


BIO: Dr. Ruben F. del Prado

Dr. Ruben F. del Prado graduated, in 1984, as a medical doctor from the University of Suriname, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He obtained his Master of Public Health Degrees in Health Policy and Management and in Behavioral Sciences, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, in 1988. He was trained in advanced epidemiology (University of Miami, USA) and in health systems planning (University of Oslo, Norway).

He worked extensively as a trainer and consultant for the Pan American Health Organization PAHO/WHO), the European Commission, and Johns Hopkins University, throughout the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Dr. del Prado is the former Director of the Suriname National AIDS Programme (1988 to 1996). In 1997 he founded and became the Head of the Department of Public Health of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Suriname, in addition to being the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and lecturer in Clinical Preventive Medicine and Communication for Health.

In 1999 he joined the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), as Inter- Country Programme Advisor, covering 24 countries and territories in the French, Spanish, Dutch and English speaking Caribbean, based in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. He was the UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Uganda from 2002 until 2005, after which he was in charge of UNAIDS Planning and Programme Implementation in India, until the end of 2006. He was the UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Guyana, from 2006 until September 2012, after which when he came to Nepal to serve as the UNAIDS Country Director for Nepal and Bhutan.

Dr. del Prado is a global advocate for HIV prevention as an outcome of strategically chosen combination prevention activities and strategies. He is a strong voice of Community Life Competence: Building on the strength of communities, for results!