Health Leadership Fellows Application

Health Leadership Fellows Cohort 10: Now Accepting Applications!

The Health Foundation is now accepting applications for Health Leadership Fellows Cohort 10. While this session was postponed in spring 2020 due to COVID-19, we recognize that this continuing crisis illustrates the importance of ensuring our health care leaders are supported and provided opportunities to grow, collaborate and develop new levels of expertise.

In light of ongoing health regulations, some aspects of the program will be delivered in a re-imagined way to ensure the safety of all participants, but we are committed to providing a valuable and effective program for our newest Fellows. Applications are due by December 21, 2020 and virtual interviews will begin in early 2021. We plan to conduct the pre-work for Cohort 10 virtually over the spring and summer months of 2021. The first in-person residential session (contingent on safety regulations and recommendations) is planned for October 2021.

Information sessions will be held virtually for those who wish to learn more about the program. Click on the date below to register.

Info Session #2: November 12, 2020 at 11am

The October 14 information session was recorded and can be viewed here.

Health Leadership Fellows Application

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. The program is designed for current executives of health-related nonprofit organizations, safety-net organizations and public agencies that address the needs of older adults or young children impacted by poverty. Applicants must be in leadership roles, with tenure of at least five years in a management role, and have a strong commitment to and involvement with their local community. Please note that independent consultants do not meet eligibility criteria for this program.

Selection Criteria
Successful applicants are vital leaders of organizations and their communities. They must be in executive/senior leadership positions of influence and have decision-making responsibilities in the organizations they represent. Other factors including 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.

This is a competitive application process. All applicants will receive a personal interview. We will select up to 40 participants in the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York’s funding areas in western and central New York. Applications and essay responses must be submitted electronically via this form by December 21, 2020. You will receive a confirmation email from

If you have any questions, please email Nancy Blaschak, Health Leadership Fellows Program Director, at
  • Health Leadership Fellows Application

  • Personal and Professional Information
  • Personal and Professional Information
  • I certify that the answers supplied in this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I authorize verification of all statements in this application, as it relates to the selection process. If I am selected as a fellow, I agree to fully participate in the 18-month fellowship program including:

    • Active participation in all program activities;
    • Developing and implementing a leadership development plan;
    • Participating in the development and implementation of a collaborative team project;
    • Participating actively in team meetings and with team workload;
    • Permitting the program to include my name, organizational information, biographical sketch and photo in informational and promotional materials pertaining to the program.
    • Attendance at three of six one-day workshops conducted by members of the Fellows Action Network during the course of the fellowship.

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