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David Rykken

Washington, DC

David Rykken has more than 20 years of experience in public service working with all levels of government. He has worked for HHS at headquarters in DC for the last 12 years as a Supervisory Management Analyst, a Senior Emergency Management Specialist and a Supervisory Public Health Advisor.

Prior to working for HHS, David was the Chief of the Ancillary Services in the Republic of Palau.  In addition to his experience in health care administration, he has spent several years doing overseas development work in African and Asian countries and has taught business and English courses in Indonesia, Thailand and Turkey. 

David has a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Leadership and Management from the Fiji School of Medicine, an MPH in Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina and a Diploma from the United States Naval War College as well as a BA from St. Olaf College and a teaching certification in ESL.

David has organized and conducted HSEEP, NIMS, OSHA, Hazmat, Grants Management, First Responder, Communications and other competency-based trainings. He has taught all of the Graduate School courses that lead to the Certificate in Grants Management and stays current on issues related to oversight and monitoring of contracts and grants.

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Scheduled Courses

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The Grants 101 course will provide basic information about grants, including the responsibilities of recipients and key tasks that must be completed during the project period. This course will be most informative for administrative and program staff from organizations that were awarded a new grant in FY 2020 or FY 2021. It will also be relevant for new staff on existing grants who do not have extensive experience in grants management.



This 3-day virtual course will provide information about how to access guidance on compliance, how to update program/project narratives and how to avoid financial pitfalls.  In addition, this course will provide information about how to prepare a continuation application, the steps that need to be taken to make changes to the grant as well as the concept of carryover and explain how to prepare a carryover request.

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This 3-day virtual course will provide information about how to use program management to improve grant implementation. Get results using time-tested strategies and practical, hands-on tools to execute and succeed in project management. You’ll learn how to scope projects effectively, improve time budgeting and resource allocation, and get the project done on time and within budget to manage grants successfully. This course “builds” from each day to the next. Participants should plan to attend the entire course or risk becoming lost because they have skipped a session.

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This 3-day virtual course will go over recent audit findings related to grants management and provide program managers tools to better understand what is needed to address issues and prevent repeating the same mistakes

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Camera Photo Gallery

Photos from recent activities hosted by the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) in support of conferences, training and leadership development, are available below.