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PHEARLESS (Public Health Regenerative Leadership Synergy) Initiative

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, University of South Florida College of Public Health
Jul 6, 2023

PHEARLESS (Public Health Regenerative Leadership Synergy) is an initiative that brings rising public health leaders together with community leaders to co-create sustainable solutions that advance health equity and well-being for all. Community collectives will be selected to participate in a one-year program comprising four competency-developing modules, a culminating activity, stipends, and potential implementation grant funding.

Program goals:

  • Transform leadership approaches to a holistic and collaborative style
  • Encourage the adoption of life-affirming practices and approaches to decision making
  • Develop the mindset and skillset to transform systems, structures, and policies, in partnership with community, towards a just and equitable future
  • Create opportunities for networking and collaboration that develops a community of regenerative leaders
  • Develop leaders who can harness the power of strategic communication and messaging
  • Support the development of skills such as facilitation, conflict resolution, and strategic planning
  • Build the mindset and competencies that foster continued growth of future regenerative leaders
  • Facilitate learning and growth through theoretical and practical learning experiences

Eligible participants are partnerships of local, state, regional, tribal, and territorial health jurisdictions who already have experience working together in the community to advance health equity and reduce disparities. Community Collectives should be made up of 2 governmental public health leaders and 2 community leaders from the same jurisdiction.

Community leaders should be individuals who are:

  • In a position where they would benefit from additional leadership competency development
  • Support collaborative leadership efforts to improve health and well-being for all
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Selected Community Collectives will be eligible for:

  • $100,000 to support their culminating community capacity building activities
  • $9,000 stipends for each of the two community leaders in a Community Collective

15 Community Collectives will be accepted.

Application process

Follow the instructions in the application directions section of the program website when applications are being accepted.

Submit applications through the online form.

Tagged as
Health disparities · Health workforce education and training · Leadership · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Public health · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

Organizations (3)

  • National Association of County and City Health Officials, view details
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, view details
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, view details

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