Model for Change

Through its work abroad, GHLI recognized the need for a forum where policymakers, practitioners and researchers from different countries could gather to collaboratively problem solve, exchange ideas and share successful approaches to address critical issues in global health. 

To address this need, GHLI created an experience which fosters collaboration between country delegations and Yale faculty that is focused on developing strategy and building leadership capacity. GHLI and Yale faculty continue their engagement with each country through activities and workshops tailored to each delegation’s specific needs.

GHLI has convened delegations from Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Mexico, Rwanda, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Uganda focused on a variety of issues including mental health, maternal and child health, non-communicable disease, early childhood development, human resource development and building management capacity.

Strategic Problem Solving
In GHLI leadership development programs, participants are taught to define problems, set objectives, and design evidence-based strategies.GHLI program participants also learn to build capacity and systems to support data-driven decision-making and to use key indicators that guide and evaluate performance.
 
Relational Framework for Leadership
GHLI focuses on a relational framework for leadership, understanding it as a dynamic role within a group.  Program participants discuss the relationship between leaders and followers, how to manage across groups, and how to resolve conflict in organizations.
 
Scale Up and Replication
GHLI developed a framework for scale up and replication which defines the criteria needed to sustain successful health interventions. The AIDED approach proposes five components essential to the process of scale up: assessing the landscape, refining the innovation, developing support and engaging the community, and spreading the innovation.  Read about scale up and AIDED here.
 
Breakthroughs in medicine and public health often require decades and significant resources to successfully spread in other settings.  To better understand this challenge, GHLI has looked outside traditional diffusion pathways and studied a biological model of successful spread.  Viruses spread with maximum efficiency and may provide a model for scale up and replication in health care systems around the globe.