Strategic Plan 2020-2025

Strategic Planning North Star

UW School of Public Health tackles the greatest health challenges in our region and around the world.

Our groundbreaking discoveries are fueled by rigorous science and equity-driven solutions.

Our students are leaders who emerge prepared to work in partnership with communities to improve the health of all people.

KRA - Collective Culture of Meaningful Change

Our culture supports ongoing development and growth.


Outcome 1 - 2025 Goal

UW SPH has a culture that supports ongoing development and growth.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Implement the first year of the new faculty development plan
  • Explore leadership training to faculty and staff
  • Explore staff development training opportunities

Outcome 2 - 2025 Goal

UW SPH has a student-centered culture.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Pilot the Student Services CAS-based evaluation to specific services in the Biostatistics department
  • Establish a professional development plan for undergraduate advisors
  • Apply best practices from the professional development plan to other SPH Student Services staff

Outcome 3 - 2025 Goal

UW SPH has a culture of well-being and connection.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Co-host well-being events across departments and programs
  • Support an increase in gatherings hosted by various groups across SPH
  • Generate School-wide support among SPH leadership for hybrid and telework options

KRA - Education for Leadership and Transformation

Our dynamic and supportive learning environment attracts the next generation of diverse leaders who go on to drive transformational change in communities throughout the world.


Outcome 1 - 2025 Goal

UW SPH will offer consistent academic, professional, and personal support across all degree programs.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Develop an evaluation plan for Career Services events based on CAS learning objectives
  • Pilot a series of advisor-led workshops focused on student interpersonal development resilience, networking, and hidden curriculum to support student success
  • Implement a comprehensive autumn quarter orientation for all programs across SPH

Outcome 2 - 2025 Goal

UW SPH will adopt best practices for student financial support; defined as students having the support they need to complete their degree program.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Draft and disseminate best practices to stakeholders for adoption across the School
  • Implement new best practices for student financial support
  • Evaluate awards granted this academic year to inform improvements for future years

Outcome 3 - 2025 Goal

UW SPH will deliver high-quality evidenced-based education across all degree programs.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Pilot trainings specific to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the classroom for teaching across SPH
  • Develop an evaluation plan for the SPH new instructor training series
  • Determine needs and develop plan for TA instructional and professional development from the TAs’ perspective

KRA - Methods to Research to Practice Continuum

We are a force for change. Continuous learning and rigorous science fuel our work. Collaborative research leads to cutting edge discoveries that we apply in ways that ensure healthier communities. Every outcome informs new waves of discovery.


Outcome 1 - 2025 Goal

UW SPH will celebrate important work across the continuum from fundamental methodologies to the development and implementation of evidence-based strategies for understanding and changing complex health systems.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Curate a series of faculty stories that highlight faculty conducting methods to research to practice
  • Create a dissemination plan to roll out stories to internal and external audiences

Outcome 2 - 2025 Goal

UW SPH will continue to conduct cutting-edge work in methods and research, with priorities implemented according to a roadmap created by the SPH Research Council.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Refine and update milestones and timeline for the Research Roadmap deliverables
  • Complete identified Research Roadmap deliverables this academic year

Outcome 3 - 2025 Goal

At UW SPH, deep collaborations among faculty, staff, students, and key stakeholders result in successful models of academic practice.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Distribute practice survey to applicable audiences and analyze data
  • Launch new SPH public health practice web site
  • Create a strategic plan for public health practice

KRA - Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racism

We are an academic institution that promotes good heath for all and breaks down structures of racism.


Outcome 1 - 2025 Goal

The EDI Roadmap is implemented and our progress is shared with key stakeholders, increasing our visibility and reputation as a School that prioritizes equity, diversity, and inclusion.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Update the EDI Roadmap in collaboration with the SPH EDI Committee, based on the revised UW Diversity Blueprint
  • Disseminate the updated EDI Roadmap broadly in early 2023
  • Increase collaboration with and support of ARCH initiatives or other SPH leaders/workgroups

Outcome 2 - 2025 Goal

With guidance from community members, principles of anti-racism are adapted in our public health work.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Continue offering the School’s new Universal Anti-Racism Training (UART) series to SPH faculty and staff (completion rates are 90% for SPH core faculty and 75% for SPH staff)
  • Pilot and create an evaluation plan for UART for MS and PhD students
  • Formalize SPH MS/PhD student policy/requirements for UART in collaboration with the Curriculum and Education Policy Committee (CEPC) and SPH leadership for the next academic year (2023-24)

Outcome 3 - 2025 Goal

Structures and policies are in place at the School and improved to facilitate the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and staff, especially those who identify as black and/or indigenous.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Explore how to integrate an equity, diversity, and inclusion component into annual staff performance evaluations
  • Create and implement new mentorship program between faculty
  • Implement quarterly faculty Affinity Groups aimed at identifying barriers to retention success

KRA - Reputation and Visibility

We are recognized and highly regarded for our approach and transformative impact throughout the region and the world.


Outcome 1 - 2025 Goal

The reputation and visibility of UW SPH increases through use of a unified narrative across School communications which promotes the School’s strengths, expertise, and unique programs.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Explore Central University Marketing and Communications resources to expand knowledge and skills around anti-racist storytelling
  • Further embed new mission, vision, values, and brand identity across all School communications
  • Launch new SPH Brand and Communications guide on website, with toolkits to align messaging

Outcome 2 - 2025 Goal

Coordination and alignment of UW SPH and department and program marketing and communication activities are maximized, delivering more effective messages of real-world impact to all our audiences.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Collaborate with department leadership to identify marketing and communications opportunities for collaboration and support for gaps
  • Further develop shared processes for storytelling to support stronger collaboration, coordination, and knowledge-sharing among and between the School and department-level communicators
  • Launch new story-bank intake form to gather stories across the School and SPH Blog amplifying department stories and content

Outcome 3 - 2025 Goal

Public audiences and alumni are meaningfully engaged in the UW SPH community and giving back financially.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2022-23) MILESTONES

Status updated on a quarterly basis.

Key: not started or in progress or completed

Milestone
  • Complete and launch broad-based alumni engagement plan, including the launch of a new alumni newsletter
  • Launch nomination process and facilitate selection of the 2023 Alumni of Impact Award recipient
  • Explore alumni preferences through existing and new platforms to inform event and digital communications strategies

Strategic Framework

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