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.

Strategic Framework

 

Collective Culture of Meaningful Change

Culture that Supports on going development and growth


Outcome 1

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • New School-wide faculty compensation plan implemented
  • KRA team works School-wide to begin establishing a framework for faculty development planning
WIN 2020-21
  • Information collected per faculty position type within departmental development plans
SPR 2020-21
  • Draft best practices for faculty development plan completed

Outcome 2

UW SPH has a student-centered culture.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Conduct an assessment and document all current student services offered across the SPH
WIN 2020-21
  • Begin priority setting to establish consistent offerings in each student services team in departments and programs
SPR 2020-21
  • Draft plan to achieve standard and consistent School-wide student services offerings for students

Outcome 3

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Conduct needs assessment re: how faculty, staff, and students are coping, and being impacted by, COVID-19
  • Launch new faculty concern policy
WIN 2020-21
  • Based on above needs assessment, develop supportive resources that are provided School-wide
SPR 2020-21
  • KRA team provides support to other KRAs, with a focus on Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racism to achieve year one milestones
  • KRA team monitors COVID-related resources and adjusts as needed to support faculty, staff, and students

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

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Conduct an assessment and document all current student services offered across the SPH
WIN 2020-21
  • Begin priority setting to establish consistent offerings in each student services team in departments and programs
SPR 2020-21
  • Draft plan to achieve standard and consistent School-wide student services offerings for students

Outcome 2

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 MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Collect student financial support best practices at other UW schools and colleges, as well as at other schools of public health
WIN 2020-21
  • Conduct an assessment and document how current funding decisions are made across SPH for student financial supports
SPR 2020-21
  • Draft SPH best practices for student financial support, ensuring equity is included

Outcome 3

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Launch of new MPH Common Core for tuition-based students
  • Develop training plan to facilitate evidence-based teaching across SPH
WIN 2020-21
  • Develop training materials for implementation of evidence-based teaching across SPH
  • Begin to pilot trainings specific to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the classroom for teaching across SPH
SPR 2020-21
  • Create schedule of trainings to be conducted in the 2021-22 academic year, including mentorship programs/trainings for/with teaching assistants

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

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 MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • KRA team begins to define a School-wide list of faculty whose work bridges across at least two areas in the continuum of methods, research, and practice—and highlights those success stories
  • KRA team works with Faculty Council to revise the Academic Affairs Handbook for faculty promotion criteria, giving better definition to success, and successful pathways, in the area of academic public health practice
WIN 2020-21
  • KRA team amplifies the stories of School faculty who are exemplars of currently working across the continuum of methods, research, practice
  • Examples of promotion packets of individuals who have academic public health practice as part of their scholarship are available for sharing (with faculty consent)
SPR 2020-21
  • By end of SPR 2020-21, Faculty Council finalizes the academic public health practice revision in the faculty promotion criteria. School-wide discussions emphasize the equivalent value of rigorous academic practice to rigorous methods and research for faculty scholarship
  • The KRA team, Faculty Council, and AHR revise the faculty promotion templates to include updated academic public health practice criteria for success

Outcome 2

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 MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Research Council defines priority research plan
WIN 2020-21
  • Research Council prioritizes research plan activities, in rank order, with a timeline for completion
SPR 2020-21
  • Based on winter quarter established priorities, Research Council begins implementation of highest priority research plan activities

Outcome 3

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • SPH Practice Council created, begins to engage in establishing priorities for public health practice at SPH
WIN 2020-21
  • Practice Council conducts an inventory of School-wide public health practice education activities and resources
SPR 2020-21
  • Practice Council begins to draft School-wide implementation plan for public health practice education and activities

Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racism

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


Outcome 1

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 MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Complete revisions to the 2019 EDI Roadmap and distribute School-wide
WIN 2020-21
  • Finalize implementation plan for revised EDI Roadmap
SPR 2020-21
  • Roughly one-quarter of the revised EDI Roadmap goals will be either in process or completed

Outcome 2

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Continued progress to hire a director for the new ARCH (Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health)
  • Establishment of student affinity groups
  • Development of anti-racism trainings completed, preparations begun to offer across the SPH
WIN 2020-21
  • Continued offerings of new anti-racism training School-wide; goal to provide to at least 25 percent of SPH by the end of winter quarter (@ 650 people)
  • Create measurement and evaluation plan for new anti-racism trainings
SPR 2020-21
  • Continued offerings of new anti-racism training School-wide; goal to provide to at least 50 percent of SPH by the end of spring quarter (@ 1,300 people)

Outcome 3

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 MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Assistant Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion meets with all convened faculty hiring committees to review EDI hiring best practices
  • All staff HR managers attend an anti-racism training (as noted above)
WIN 2020-21
  • All staff HR managers are trained in utilizing the Diversity Hiring Toolkit
SPR 2020-21
  • KRA team works with HR to update hiring onboarding information to include resources provided to faculty and staff who identify as BIPOC

Reputation and Visibility

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


Outcome 1

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 MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Identify consultancy group to engage with this academic year
WIN 2020-21
  • KRA team works with consultant to develop the narrative, associated messaging, and a strategic branding strategy
SPR 2020-21
  • KRA team creates plan to implement new strategic branding strategy

Outcome 2

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 MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Identify consultancy group to engage with this academic year
  • Benchmarking conducted of communication operations at other units within the UW
WIN 2020-21
  • Consultant conducts audit of School-wide marketing and communications operational structures, as well as an audit of other schools of public health marketing and communication structures
SPR 2020-21
  • Create plan to revised School-wide marketing and communication operations based on consultant recommendations

Outcome 3

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR MILESTONES

Quarter Milestone
AUT 2020-21
  • Publicly launch and implement activities for the School’s 50th anniversary and Campaign for Students
  • Disseminate first edition of alumni newsletter
  • Promote Graduate School Population Health lectures to alumni audiences
  • Launch Husky Landing with SPH alumni
WIN 2020-21
  • 50th anniversary events and the Campaign for Students continue
  • Alumni newsletter distributed
SPR 2020-21
  • 50th anniversary events and the Campaign for Students continue
  • Alumni newsletter distributed
  • Deploy strategies for Husky Giving Day