Navigating Personal Conflict in the Executive Space (a DELPH activity)

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   Eastern Standard Time

Conflict is guaranteed to arise in the workplace—causing even seasoned public health executives to feel ill-equipped to navigate the situation. The diversity of thought, personal experiences, and background resulting from ASTHO’s efforts to diversify the public health workforce is desperately needed to advance health outcomes and reduce health disparities. For diverse leaders in public health, navigating conflict requires the mindset to see conflict as fuel for the creativity and innovation that is needed in public health in the 21st century.

In this presentation for the members of ASTHO’s Diverse Executive Leaders in Public Health (DELPH) program, Montrece McNeill Ransom, Director of the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training at the National Network of Public Health Institutes, will offer practical tips for navigating personal conflict as a leader of color in public health. Through the sharing of personal stories and practical, evidence-based, tips, Montrece will: 

  • Describe how conflict can be a tool to help unpack biases and deeply held beliefs  
  • Discuss the ways in which culture, race, gender, and gender identity are inseparable in conflict 
  • Provide a model for identifying the type of conflict, assessing the degree of conflict, and managing personal emotions   
  • Highlight ways conflict can lead to systems change, co-creation and be a catalyst for meaningful, productive relationships  


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