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Institute for Global Tobacco Control

Leadership Program

Regional and Country-specific Leadership Programs

As part of the Bloomberg Initiative (BI) to Reduce Tobacco Use, the regional Tobacco Control Leadership Program aims to develop and enhance leadership in countries experiencing the greatest burden of disease and death from tobacco use by building capacity to develop, implement and enforce effective tobacco control policy interventions. Region-specific tobacco control leadership programs allow for more emphasis on locally relevant tobacco control policy issues, as well as other relevant public health policy issues. Nominations for participants are recommended by Bloomberg Initiative Partners working in the countries.

The 2018 Asia-Pacific Sub-Regional Tobacco Control Leadership Program was held from November 5-9, 2018 in Bali, Indonesia. A total of 81 participants from seven countries in the region took part in the program. Over the course of the week, experts from both the national and international levels led sessions and discussions. These focused on developing a strategic leadership mindset while learning from various tobacco control experiences across the region including: tobacco taxation; smoke-free environments; communication and partnerships; and, industry accountability.

The second Latin America and Caribbean Tobacco Control Regional Leadership Program was held March 25-29, 2019 in Lima, Peru. Sixty-two participants from 15 countries in the region attended the program. The program was organized in collaboration with the Bloomberg Initiative partner organizations and in consultation with Peru’s Ministry of Health (MOH). Program participants included MOH and other government staff from the national and local levels, selected civil society organizations, and media representatives.

Program Objectives - The overall program objectives are to:

  1. Enhance leadership and networking skills to affect policy development and implementation;
  2. Delineate leadership principles and their relevance in addressing country-specific tobacco control issues and challenges;
  3. Strengthen skills in policy intervention development and implementation and strategic communication; and,
  4. Engage with and enhance collaboration among a wide range of partners in the tobacco control movement.

At the completion of this Program, participants will have: 

  • Enhanced leadership and networking skills to advocate for, enact and implement effective policy change;
  • An improved ability to apply leadership principles and better utilize tobacco control-related evidence to advance policy development and implementation aimed at resolving country-specific issues and challenges;
  • Strengthened skills in strategic communication and policy development and implementation; and,
  • Strengthened ties and linkages with international colleagues.

Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program

This comprehensive two-week leadership program was focused on building leadership capacity to develop effective tobacco control policy interventions. This program is currently discontinued, as the Institute has refocused on regional, in-country leadership programs.

The program sessions addressed a range of tobacco topics, including policy development, advocacy, communications, and management and leadership. Key characteristics of the program included:

  • Active engagement among a wide variety of international participants who come from different settings and backgrounds
  • Delivery of the program through a diverse, experienced international faculty who aim to challenge and inspire the participants
  • Thematic emphasis on leadership across a range of tobacco control issues, irrespective of participants' positions in their organizations

Acceptance into the leadership program was by nomination only from one of the Bloomberg Initiative (BI) partner organizations (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, World Health Organization-Tobacco Free Initiative and Vital Strategies).

The leadership program began in 2006, and grew from fewer than 20 participants from less than 10 countries to more than 100 participants from 26 countries in the 2016 program. IGTC has offered this training to more than 700 professionals from around the globe over the last 10 years.