Public Health Administration

Public Health 101: An overview of the Michigan Public Health System

Local Public Health's Unique Role- This short summary by the Michigan Association for Local Public Health provides a quick synopsis of the public health system in Michigan.

These three presentations, from the Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services; Agriculture and Rural Development; and Environment, Great Lakes and Energy provide a detailed description of the various programs jointly administered by state and local public health:

MDHHS Program Presentation -August 2019
MDARD Program Presentation - November 2019
EGLE Program Presentation - August 2019

Michigan's Guide to Public Health for Local Governing EntitiesDeveloped by MDHHS in 2006, this comprehensive guide is designed for County Commissioners, Boards of Health, and City Councils, but provides a good overview of the Michigan Public Health system.

Public Health 3.0

Public Health 3.0- Numerous resources including slides, Public Health 3.0 white paper, regional listening session summaries, and recommendations (2016)
NACCHO Public Health 3.0 Issue Brief- NACCHO commentary on Public Health 3.0
Virginia Video on Public Health 3.0- Short 3 minute 2017 video from the Virginia Department of Health regarding Public Health 3.0.
Advancing Public Health 3.0: The Role for Local Practitioners- 25 minute video by the main author on Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action for Public Health to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century (see below reference), Dr. Karen DeSalvo, from the Midwestern Public Training Center, as presented at the April 18-19, 2017 MINK Conference in Overland Park, KS.
Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action for Public Health to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century- DeSalvo, K.B., Wang, Y.C, Harris, A., Auerbach, J., Koo, D., O'Carroll, P., (2017). Public Health 3.0: A call to action for public health to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Prey Chronic Dis.


Adaptive Leadership Explained in 4 Minutes- The key concepts of the Adaptive Leadership Framework created by Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky at the Harvard Kennedy School, explained in 4 minutes or less with the help of graphics (2017).
Adaptive Leadership and Public Health--  5 minute 2015 video from NACCHO:   “Local health officials and their staff are exploring innovative partnerships with other agencies in health care and beyond and identifying new ways of operating within and influencing the economic and social conditions of our health system. Such work demands a new kind of leadership – a transition from our typical spheres of influence and authority to mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. Adaptive Leadership is a practical framework for leading consequential change in the midst of significant market and sociopolitical transformation.” Visit NACCHO to learn more.


Supervisory Tools- From Dartmouth, a collection of about 2 dozen tools, from various sources, to enhance supervisory skills (updated 2020).
Essential Supervisory Skills- From the University of Washington, this is a straightforward general resource for supervisors of all types (111 pages). Includes many exercises from a variety of experts (2016)

Management / Remote Management


Medical Director Transition Checklists:  These two checklists, developed with input from MALPH, MAPPP, and MDHHS, are designed to assist in facilitating hiring, placement and transition issues with new local health department medical directors.
Medical Director Orientation Checklist
Medical Director Change Checklist

Free Toolkit to Help You Lead and Work from Home - From contributor Dan Pontefract, there are simple toolkits available for both manager and employee (short, six to seven minute videos, slides and more).
6 Tips for Managing Remote Employees: How to Maintain Productivity and Engagement- From Forbes
3 Productivity Tips from Work-From-Home-Veterans- From Forbes
10 Tips for Working Remotely During Coronavirus- From Forbes
Effective Time Management While Working Remotely During the COVID-19 Pandemic- From Forbes
Top 15 Tips for Managing Remotely- From Forbes
A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers- Harvard Business Review
Management Library- This comprehensive resource provides guidance for a number of management issues. From Authenticity Counseling, Minneapolis, MN (updated 2020).

Comprehensive Remote Management Resources- September 2020

Contracts and Grants

EGrAMS (Electronic Grants Administration Management System- This is the tool for local health department management of contracts with MDHHS. Use of the whole system requires a password, but there are numerous pertinent documents available, without a password.

Budget and Finance

Instructions for Annual Budget- From the MDHHS EGrAMS system, this document outlines budget development for the local health department/MDHHS contract (Comprehensive Contract- FY2020).

Community Engagement

Principles of Community Engagement- This document, from the CDC,et al., is an extensive 2011 publication covering concepts, models, frameworks, principles of community engagement, etc. and has numerous references. 

Working with Organized Labor

Ten Simple Rules for Managing in a Unionized Setting- 10 practical suggestions for managing organized staff; from Keith McCown and Workforce (an HR consultant company, part of Human Capital Media, 2018).
Guide to Public Sector Labor Relations Law in Michigan- 40 page document covering all laws and procedures; from the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (2013).
Bureau of Employment Relations- Wage and Hour Division- Website regarding laws which protect wages and fringe benefits in Michigan
Michigan Employment Law Handbook- From a non-government source but covering most Michigan employment and labor laws (2020).
Basic Guide to the National Labor Relations Act- 50 page document from the National Labor Relations Board (1997).

Conflict Resolution

The Five Steps to Conflict Resolution- Short article from the American Management Association (January 2019).

Workplace Safety

Workplace Violence Handouts- From the Incident Management Team (Novi, Michigan and; this document outlines assessment, management and prevention of workplace violence (2000).
General Checklist to Help Prevent Workplace Violence- From the Incident Management Team (Novi), this checklist will help assess a workplace’s preparedness to prevent/manage workplace violence.
LHD Response to Intentional Mass Casualties- 2019 NACCHO presentation.
Vegas Stronger- 2019 NACCHO presentation.

Public Health Advisory Council

Public Health Advisory Council- General link to description and 2017 & 2018 Reports