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.

Year 1 Survey Results

See the results of the School’s strategic plan survey, conducted at the end of year one, to establish a baseline and evaluate progress of the five-year (2020-2025) Strategic Plan.

Strategic Framework

 

KRA - Collective Culture of Meaningful Change

Culture that Supports on going development and growth


Outcome 1 - 2025 Goal

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

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

Outcome 2 - 2025 Goal

UW SPH has a student-centered culture.

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

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

Outcome 3 - 2025 Goal

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

Milestone
  • Conduct needs assessment re: how faculty, staff, and students are coping, and being impacted by, COVID-19
  • Launch new faculty concern policy
  • Based on above needs assessment, develop supportive resources that are provided School-wide
  • 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

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 (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

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

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 (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

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

Outcome 3 - 2025 Goal

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

Milestone
  • Launch of new MPH Common Core for tuition-based students
  • Develop training plan to facilitate evidence-based teaching across SPH
  • 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
  • Create schedule of trainings to be conducted in the 2021-22 academic year, including mentorship programs/trainings for/with teaching assistants

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 (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

Milestone
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 - 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 (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

Milestone
  • Research Council defines priority research plan
  • Research Council prioritizes research plan activities, in rank order, with a timeline for completion
  • Based on established priorities, Research Council begins implementation of highest priority research plan activities

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 (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

Milestone
  • SPH Practice Council created, begins to engage in establishing priorities for public health practice at SPH
  • Practice Council conducts an inventory of School-wide public health practice education activities and resources
  • Practice Council begins development of a School-wide implementation plan for public health practice education and activities

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 (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

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

Outcome 2 - 2025 Goal

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

Milestone
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 - 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 (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

Milestone
  • 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)
  • All staff HR managers are trained in utilizing the Diversity Hiring Toolkit
  • KRA team works with HR to update hiring onboarding information to include resources provided to faculty and staff who identify as BIPOC

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 (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

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

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 (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

Milestone
  • Identify consultancy group to engage with this academic year
  • Benchmarking conducted of communication operations at other units within the UW
  • 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
  • Create plan to revised School-wide marketing and communication operations based on consultant recommendations

Outcome 3 - 2025 Goal

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

CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR (2020-21) MILESTONES

Key: Not Started In Progress Completed

Milestone
  • Publicly launch and implement activities for the School’s 50th anniversary and Campaign for Students
  • Promote Graduate School Population Health lectures to alumni audiences
  • Launch Husky Landing with SPH alumni
  • 50th anniversary events and the Campaign for Students continue
  • Deploy strategies for Husky Giving Day