3 Questions with Region 6 Public Health Leadership Institute Director - Angela Breckenridge, PHD

Angela Breckenridge, PhD

Describe your role as Director of the Region 6 Public Health Leadership Institute.

My role as Director of the Region 6 Public Health Leadership Institute is to ensure the ongoing quality and improvement of the program. I am responsible for evaluating and assessing the curriculum and coordinating with quality instructors, facilitators and speakers for the cohort. I direct the vision of the Region 6 Public Health Leadership Institute, which is to improve the skills of mid-management professionals. 

Why should people apply for the R6-PHLI? 

People should apply for the Leadership Institute because part of being an excellent leader is lifelong learning; The R6-PHLI is part of that lifelong learning. The R6-PHLI allows for networking that is critical for people who are emerging leaders. Emerging leaders should apply for any opportunity they can to expand or learn new skills. The R6-PHLI is based a lot on case studies and there's nowhere else where emerging leaders get an opportunity to talk through problems and practice solving them with a good cohort of their peers.

Who is the ideal candidate for the next cohort of the R6-PHLI?

The ideal candidate for the R6-PHLI is very interested in engaging with other mid-management public health professionals. Excellent candidates would have at least 5 years of experience in public health or healthcare, have some management experience and are interested in engaging in a virtual, asynchronous environment.

Applications for the Fall 2024 R6-PHLI cohort are now open! Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2024 or until the cohort is filled.

Click here to apply for the Fall 2024 R6-PHLI!
Click here to view a sample R6-PHLI application

Coming This Fall: PH WINS

Region 6 health officers and local health department directors and administrators PH WINS (Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey) is scheduled to launch in the fall!

If you’re interested in signing up your health department, please reach out to We’ll also be sending an email invitation from this address to sign up for PH WINS. 

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month!

Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month!

This month, the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center (R6-SCPHTC) honors the rich history, culture, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our community and across the nation.

Click here to learn more about AAPI Heritage Month.

News from around the Region

UAMS Research Team Works with Chicot County Residents to Find Reasons Behind Respiratory Issues

Team members from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Environmental Health Sciences are working with residents of Chicot County to find out why there's a high prevalence of respiratory disease and other health issues in the area.

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Midland Health Services celebrates National Public Health Week 2024

Midland Health Services’ Facebook page was buzzing with discussions and insights aimed at promoting community well-being and engagement.

Click the "Read more" button below for a roundup of the week's highlights.

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Save the Date: OPHA Conference to be held September 27-28, 2024

Oklahoma Public Health Association's 2024 Conference: Building Common Ground in Public Health will be held September 27- 28, 2024 at Northeastern State University Broken Arrow!

Join OPHA at NSU BA to build common ground among Oklahoma's public health community and learn from one another about ongoing research, strategies, and practices for public health improvement, protection, and service across the state.

Click here for 2024 OPHA Conference Details!

Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District holds first Public Health Fair in five years

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District held its first Public Health Fair since 2019 on April 4th to a great community response. The event was co-chaired by employees Jenny Bongot and Felicia Fraga, and dovetailed with the Health District celebration of National Public Health Week.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Join Us in Observing Mental Health Awareness Month This May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This month, the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center is committed to enhancing understanding and awareness of mental health issues.

We have compiled several resources aimed at educating all communities about mental health challenges as well as the importance of mental wellbeing. We encourage all to access and share these valuable tools to increase knowledge, reduce stigma, and promote open conversations about mental health.

Mental Health Myths and Facts

Can you tell the difference between a mental health myth and fact? Learn the truth about the most common mental health myths and information to help destigmatize them.

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Mental Health Education

Across the country, thousands of trained NAMI volunteers bring peer-led programs to a wide variety of community settings, from churches to schools to NAMI Affiliates. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs and support groups provide outstanding free education, skills training and support.

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Resource Library - The Mental Health Coalition

Find mental health resources & help for anxiety, stress, depression, grief, therapy, parents, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities & more.

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Course Spotlight:

Improving Interpersonal Communication and Relationships

Course Description:

No matter how effective a communicator you already are, this course will help you communicate with greater impact in all types of workplace interactions. Participants will learn about communication styles that work best in various situations, how to build and maintain trust, how to give and receive input and criticism, how to increase your impact at meetings, ways to improve inter-professional working relationships, how to deliver difficult messages, how to communicate with diplomacy and tact, and how to deal with difficult behaviors more effectively.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the roadblocks to perceptual accuracy and manage perceptions more effectively

  • Send nonverbal messages and apply paralanguage in ways that build, rather than block, good working relationships

  • Understand how misinterpretations can develop as a result of ambiguities in the English language, as well as the limitations of the English language in terms of non-extreme word choices

  • Communicate in ways that are less likely to evoke defensive reactions in others

  • Identify the barriers to effective listening and faulty listening habits. Identify the three components of effective active listening

  • Describe the three choices for communication within the “Assertive Zone” and the two extreme styles that should be avoided in workplace communications

  • Identify the characteristics of diplomatic communication

  • Apply strategies for dealing with difficult behaviors, building trust, providing input, and giving/receiving constructive criticism

For more info about this training,

please click here.

Environmental Health in Disasters

The Environmental Health in Disasters course bundle includes trainings that provide an introduction and the fundamentals to risk assessment and environmental health in disasters. In addition, special topics such environmental health in emergency shelters, environmental sampling and environmental monitoring are also the focus of this program. This course bundle is composed of 5 courses.

Trainings in this bundle include:

  • Environmental Health and Shelters
  • Environmental Health Issues in Disasters
  • Environmental Sampling and Monitoring in a Disaster
  • Fundamentals of Health Risk Assessment in Public Health
  • Introduction to Human Health Risk Assessment

For more information about the

Environmental Health in Disasters bundle, please click here.

Looking for more training on a specific topic in public health? Need additional training on a current public health hot topic? We want to help you address these needs.

Please fill out this brief survey. The survey is three questions long and takes fewer than 3 minutes to complete, on average.

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