Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 36(2) July 2023 : 44-57.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2023.27204
Nursing Research

Evaluation Findings on Lessons Learned from the Implementation of the Public Health Leadership Program during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hamida Bhimani, Julia Roitenberg and Dorothy Dziunikowski


The Public Health Leadership program administered by the Public Health Branch at the Regional Municipality of York, ON, focused on enhancing people-centred competencies of managers to effectively support staff during the pandemic. The program aimed to boost participative management competencies and resiliency skills of managers by providing them with peer mentorship, ready-to-use resiliency tools, debriefing supports and actionable strategies in the form of e-blasts. Program participants provided feedback collected through two program evaluation surveys. This article describes the results of the qualitative evaluation by highlighting the key strategies and approaches that managers found most useful for enhancing their leadership practice. Key themes emerging from the evaluation indicate that the mentorship component had the most impact on the participants' leadership skills and confidence as a leader.



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