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An unlikely partnership between a children’s book author and an emerging leadership expert led to one of the most enduring best sellers of our time, The One Minute Manager. According to Ken Blanchard, PhD, one of the book’s co-authors, “Sometimes the most interesting collaborations are when you both bring to the party very different things.”* In the realm of public...

“You have to find the intersections,” says Becky Adams, DrPH, RD, LD, CDE during a recent interview about her commitment to collaboration. “Those are the areas where your interests align and goals can be accomplished.” When it comes to getting things done in a collaborative manner, Becky’s passion and expertise are hard to match. Since the 1990s, she’s been finding...

As a public health nutritionist, your work is rarely done in isolation. More often than not, successful outcomes depend on the strength of your partnerships and collaborations. On a national level, ASPHN follows a parallel path. Several of our member-driven councils and committees develop strategic partnerships with other associations, non-profits, and government agencies to support and extend the work our...

TED Talk sensation and best-selling author Brené Brown defines connection as "the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Many of ASPHN’s members find the type of meaningful engagement described by Brown through their participation in the association’s...

From the moment we’re born, our ability to connect is tied to our very survival. The stronger our bonds, the more we thrive. Unfortunately, stress and technology have altered the ways in which we socially interact with others, and the lack of connection is threatening our health. In a groundbreaking 2010 study, Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review,...

In 2016, Flint, Michigan was in the midst of a full-blown public health crisis. A few years earlier, the city had changed its drinking water source from Detroit’s system to the Flint River. Inadequate water treatment and testing had resulted in contaminated water that had exposed over 100,000 residents to elevated levels of lead. The state’s governor had tasked Diane...

Starting the next chapter of your professional development can be as simple as taking advantage of ASPHN’s many councils, committees, webinars, and meeting opportunities. Below are a few programs with a proven track record of re-igniting our members’ passion for professional growth.   Growing ASPHN Leaders Program Started as a pilot initiative in 2012, the Growing ASPHN Leaders program received outstanding reviews from...

We recently sat down with leadership coach and consultant Gail Fottrell-Jones of The Binocular Group to gain her insight on how to prioritize professional development. With over three decades in the Fortune 500 arena, Gail has a keen understanding of workplace behavior, motivation, and desire. Here’s what she had to say.   Start by asking yourself some thought-provoking questions. According to Gail, it’s...

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Development Digest, a space where public health nutritionists can take a moment to breathe, relax, and focus solely on their professional growth and development. Here, you won’t be expected to meet any deadlines. Or respond to anyone. Or commit to anything. Except yourself. Because every issue will be filled with sound advice, new ideas, and...

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