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Public Health – Seattle & King County Director Patty Hayes selected for The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative


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Patty Hayes, MN, RN, a member of WSNA’s Nursing Hall of Fame and Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County, is among those chosen to be part of The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative. Hayes and Carina Elsenboss, the department’s Preparedness Director, will be working to transform public health in the communities they serve.

The Kresge Foundation announced the names of 40 public health leaders selected as part of the second cohort of the foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative in April.

The program is designed to provide public health leaders of county and local health departments opportunities to build additional knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges public health professionals face in their communities. The 18-month program comes with coaching, technical assistance and a resource grant of up to $125,000.

Collectively, the 20 health departments represented by 40 cohort leaders serve nearly 14 million community members in cities across the country.