Thursday, July 31, 2014

Apply for Newest Health Disparities Leadership Program

The National Council is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the2014-2015 Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program. Selected participants will join a highly-competitive 12-month leadership program comprised of mid-level managers from diverse ethnic backgrounds who currently work at community mental health and addiction provider organizations. Through participation, you will gain knowledge and skills to lead effective initiatives to improve health outcomes for the diverse populations you serve.
The National Council is committed to doing our part to foster a diverse mental health and addictions workforce, inclusive of development opportunities for emerging leaders within community behavioral health organizations. As such, we are pleased to continue to offer this program at no cost for applicants from member organizations, including all program activities (webinars, coaching, etc.), and all travel and hotel expenses for in-person meetings.
From October 2014 through September 2015, the Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program includes three in-person meetings in which participants will engage in a robust learning forum to enhance their management and leadership skills and knowledge regarding change strategies to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes. During the first meeting, participants will begin developing a customized “stretch project” that directly relates to your organization’s strategic priorities and your own leadership goals.
Individuals are eligible for the Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program if they are a “middle manager” at a community mental health and addiction prevention, treatment, or recovery setting. Middle manager is defined as being an intermediate supervisor who has direct reports and reports to others within the organization. Applicants do not need to be clinicians, but must have the ability to directly influence practices to address health disparities.
For consideration, please complete the online application form by 5:00pm EDT on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014. Questions about the application can be sent to Adam Swanson, Policy Associate, Policy and Practice Improvement. We will make every effort to select participants from provider organizations in varying states serving diverse communities.

In addition to in-person meetings, participants will engage in bimonthly webinars, monthly 1:1 calls with faculty trained in professional coaching, and peer-to-peer support through monthly calls and social media. All program activities support implementation of stretch projects, and the final in-person meeting highlights participants’ successes and promotes sustainability. 
Participants acquire knowledge and skills on a variety of topics including: adaptive leadership techniques, managing system change, building collaborations and working in teams, developing shared goals, change management, and conflict resolution.  In addition, you will define your own professional growth and development goals and receive individualized support through coaching and peer-to-peer activities.
This program is only open to National Council members; if you are accepted into the program without membership, your organization must join the National Council prior to the program introduction webinar on October 14, 2014.
For more information about the Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program, please contact Mohini Venkatesh, Vice President, Practice Improvement, at (202)684-3730 or

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