The Task Force Leadership Institute

As The Task Force for Global Health has grown, we have realized the need to be deliberately developmental in building the management capabilities of our employees in order to create a pipeline of global health talent. The Task Force Leadership Institute was created to help mentor mid- to senior-level managers in the global health sector in order to develop this pipeline.  

The Institute is led by Rick Gilkey, PhD, an Emory Goizueta Business School professor, and Ed Baker, MD, MPH, former assistant surgeon general, in collaboration with Task Force leadership. The curriculum consists of a seminar series focusing on the theory and practice of global health leadership. The curriculum is customized to reflect the values, ethics, and unique culture of The Task Force. Our “scholars” also participate in individual and peer group coaching, as well as dialogues with global health leaders. Here you will find resources from the Institute’s curriculum.

Resources

A Conversation with Global Health Giant, William H. Foege, MD, MPH

Foege, co-founder of The Task Force for Global Health, worked on the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He was appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1977.

Foege served The Carter Center as its Executive Director for 6 years. As the Executive Director and co-founder of The Task Force for Child Survival and Development (now The Task Force for Global Health), he helped increase immunization rates from 20% of children getting one immunization to 80% of children, which has been hallmarked as one of the greatest peacetime collaborative efforts in history. Foege also served as Senior Medical Advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Here are sections of his interview with Ed Baker, MD, MPH, at The Task Force for Global Health on October 9, 2018.

  • Early influences – what were they and how did they shape you? 


  • During your time as CDC director, how did you decide who you would bring on to your team and what did that process look like?

  • What advice would you give to people in terms of developing their professional abilities?

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