Claudia S.P. Fernandez

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Claudia S. Plaisted Fernandez, DrPH, MS, RD, LDN, is an associate professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the co‐author of It‐Factor Leadership: Become a Better Leader in 13 Steps. Dr. Fernandez has extensive experience developing custom executive education programs that focus on personal leadership development, innovation, and business skills for senior, middle, and frontline managers and leaders. As a licensed and registered dietitian, she has a particular interest in leadership in healthcare systems and high‐performing healthcare and public health teams. Since 2006, she has directed the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Robert C. Cefalo ACOG National Leadership Institute. Since 2005 she has served as the director of the Leadership Core of the Food Systems Leadership Institute, which was ranked number 2 in the country for open enrollment/continuing education in leadership by Leadership Excellence in 2016. In 2015 she was named the Co‐Principal Investigator of the Clinical Scholars Fellowship for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Advancing Change Leadership initiative. She has co‐created and/or led several other leadership institutes, including the Managing in Turbulent Times: The Kellogg Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Health Program (a minority leadership development program), the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute, and Leadership Novant for the Novant Healthcare system. As an executive coach, Dr. Fernandez incorporates a wide array of leadership and psychological assessment tools and simulations and she is a trained hypnotherapist and stress management specialist with twenty years of experience counseling clients. Her programs offer values‐based coaching, appreciative inquiry, and engaged learning. Dr. Fernandez earned her BS from Miami University of Ohio in 1986 and her MS from Boston University in 1988. She then pursued further education in psychology and counseling at the Harvard University Extension School and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her doctorate in leadership studies in 2003 through the Public Health Leadership Department and Health Policy and Administration. Dr. Fernandez worked in the Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital system for more than five years before joining the Duke Center for Living in 1992. In 1997 she accepted a faculty position with UNC and subsequently worked at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health. In 2007 she joined the faculty in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the renowned UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Claudia S.P. Fernandez

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Advancing health equity calls for a new kind of leader and a new approach to leadership development. Clinical Scholars and Culture of Health Leaders are mid-career leadership development programs supporting the emergence of collaborative and systemic approaches, bringing teams of leaders together with others in the community to work toward the common goal of lessening health disparities. In each chapter of this book, the authors share how they tackled seemingly intractable issues, making headway through applying the principles of adaptive leadership in unbounded systems to create not only outcomes but also impacts on health disparities and, in some cases, sustainable and scalable applications. In this volume, you will learn how Clinical Scholars and Culture of Health Leaders programs curated and measured the successful learning and development of these dedicated health-equity advocates.

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