The Nebraska Health Policy Academy (NE-HPA) is a 9-month training program that seeks to strengthen policy development and advocacy for the public’s health by engaging health leaders in a competency-based training initiative that uses collaborative leadership and action learning approaches.
Representing Community Partners at NE-HPA are Denise Zwiener, Jessie Perez, Ann Tvrdik, Julie Weir, Terry Krohn, Crystal Winfield, Bob Smoot, and Dr. Ken Shaffer. Their first session was in January, with the next session coming in May. Board member Julie Weir said, “The [Community Partners] team has a daunting task ahead as we work to learn and develop policies that will impact our health care delivery system locally, if not statewide.”
The NE-HPA involves three on-site sessions, webinars with guest faculty, and opportunities for online learning and group collaboration through an online portal. Additionally, teams will apply what they learn toward a policy approach to a health issue of importance to their communities. The team will focus on the issue of standardizing community health workers through education and certification.