Applications Now Accepted for Cohort 10 of the Health Leadership Fellows Program

Health Leadership Fellows

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York is now accepting applications from leaders in western and central New York who are interested in participating in the next cohort of the Health Leadership Fellows Program. The Fellows program is designed for executives and leaders from health-related non-profit organizations, safety net organizations and public agencies that address the needs of older adults and young children impacted by poverty. Applications can be submitted online here.

The deadline to apply for Cohort 10 of the Health Leadership Fellows Program is Friday, April 3, 2020. Interviews will be held throughout the spring, and the program will begin in November 2020.

Informational webinar sessions will be held for those wishing to learn more about the program on February 13, 2020, at 2 pm and March 10, 2020, at 11 am. Sign-up information for the webinars will be posted on the Fellows web page at a later date.

The goal of the Health Leadership Fellows Program is to develop and strengthen a network of collaborative leaders with organizations and systems that serve young children impacted by poverty and older adults. One of our earliest and longest-running programs, the Fellows program has trained hundreds of non-profit professionals on leadership, communication and collaboration since 2005.

Each cohort of fellows is made up of about 40 professionals from organizations throughout western and central New York. The intensive 18-month program includes four two- to three-day residential sessions on topics including personal leadership, leading change, communicating as a leader and results-based leadership and collaboration. Ongoing learning happens between sessions, where fellows work together on an inter-organizational project in small teams. Each fellow also gets executive coaching and access to the program’s learning materials.

Selection Criteria
Successful applicants are vital leaders of their communities and organizations that address the needs of older adults and young children impacted by poverty.  They must be in executive/senior leadership positions of influence in the organizations they represent. Other factors include commitment to course requirements; experience and career aspirations; adaptability to change; receptivity to learning; ability and willingness to apply lessons learned and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. The commitment by the organization’s leadership to the participant’s engagement with the Health Leadership Fellows program is essential throughout the fellowship.

History and Impact of the Fellows Program
More than 300 leaders in western and central New York have graduated from Health Leadership Fellows since the program began. Taking what they’ve learned from the expert faculty, residential sessions, leadership assessments and coaching sessions, fellows have used new information, relationships and ideas to improve health care for people in our regions. Many of the projects begun by fellows have thrived and grown, as alumni continue their collaboration through the Fellows Action Network. Today, their projects are still benefiting the health of older adults and children impacted by poverty.

“The impact of the Health Leadership Fellows Program can be felt across the health care landscape in western and central New York,” said Health Foundation President Nora OBrien-Suric, PhD. “Building and strengthening collaborations among our most dynamic and forward-thinking leaders is a key first step toward developing new programs, partnerships and efforts that can improve health outcomes in our region.”