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Nashua, NH – July 20 – Bobbie D. Bagley, Director and Heidi E. Peek-Kukulka, Health Officer of Division of Public Health and Community Services will work to transform the role of public health in the City of Nashua as part of the third cohort of The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative. Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) was designed to provide public health leaders of county and local health departments the opportunity to build additional knowledge and skills to address the challenges public health professionals face in their communities. The initiative is designed to develop local public health leaders in pairs and each pair includes the health officer and a future leader from the public health agency. As a team, Bobbie and Heidi will be asked to challenge and support each other while building skills and competencies together. “Public health leaders are valuable assets to our communities,” said Dr. Phyllis Meadows, senior advisor to The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program and the Emerging Leaders in Public Health lead. “Leaders in this program will have the opportunity to create meaningful and lasting change in their agencies that will positively impact those they serve.” During the program, Bagley and Peek will participate in an action-oriented program focused on the design and implementation of a transformative concept that shifts or expands the capacity of their local department. They will also receive a grant up to $125,000 as well as coaching and technical assistance to evolve their ideas into action.Kresge gives the City of Nashua the opportunity to further strengthen its leadership capacity to address complex issues that impact the health of the community. Bobbie and Heidi join 19 other teams from across the country selected to participate in the third cohort of Emerging Leaders in Public Health. Collectively, the 20 health departments represented by cohort leaders serve nearly 10 million community members in cities across the country. “We look forward to participating in the Kresge ELPH Program to fulfill the mission of the Division of Public Health and Community Services through leadership and community collaboration”. The team will also join a growing community of public health leaders support by The Kresge Foundation. Since 2015, 64 public health leaders have been trained through Emerging Leaders in Public Health. With the addition of Cohort III, Kresge meets its goal of providing leadership development and resources to more than 100 local, public health leaders across the country so that they can approach public health in a new way. The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by building and strengthening pathways to opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities, seeking to dismantle structural and systemic barriers to equality and justice. Using a full array of grant, loan, and other investment tools, Kresge invests more than $160 million annually to foster economic and social change. For more information visit kresge.org.