MCHD selected to join PHEARLESS initiative 08.23.2023

August 23, 2023

MCHD selected to join PHEARLESS initiative

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department has been selected to participate in the Public Health Regenerative Leadership Synergy (PHEARLESS) initiative. This program is an alliance with the Kresge Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the de Beaumont Foundation and the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.

“I am thrilled to share that our application to the PHEARLESS Initiative was accepted,” said Vanessa Cochran, the Grants Manager for MCHD’s Bureau of Prevention and Wellness. “Danielle Simpson of our Overdose Prevention team and Cherrite Peterson of our STD Surveillance staff will work as part of a collaborative, including Laury Rowland of Lifelines Counseling and Joshua Jones of the City of Mobile.

“They will complete a series of workshops on regenerative leadership and gain tools that will help public health and community leaders build the skills they need to tackle the complex issues facing their communities today.”

The acceptance letter from the PHEARLESS development collaborative, stated that MCHD would join 14 other community collectives. “We have a great team of outreach program managers supporting the Mobile County community,” said Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County. “They will share their experiences and learn from others from across the United States.”

“Our PHEARLESS development collaborative believes we are at a critical time to evolve the individual and collaborative leadership necessary to advance the public’s health,” the acceptance letter stated. “As such, we are excited to offer this opportunity to your Community Collective to transform the way we work together, especially given the current complex context in which we find ourselves.”