Feb 11, 2016, 9:00 AM, Posted by Pam S. Dickson
Our nation’s ability to tackle difficult societal and health challenges depends on the skills and creativity of its leaders, and their ability to influence, inspire, and lead in a rapidly changing environment.
To make a shift as bold as creating a Culture of Health—a shift that relies on increasing equity and combating the effects of racism and poverty—it is imperative that many of these leaders are from or working in communities with limited resources and opportunities. And to create change at every level of society, they must represent every sector and discipline, recognizing that health is greatly influenced by complex social factors, not just by health care. These leaders have to abandon the status quo, the silos, and the assumptions, and create a new reality.
This is the opportunity before us as we open applications for four new Advancing Change Leadership programs on February 22. It continues our decades of work to support the development and diversity of health care leaders, and expands our investment to leaders from other sectors who have the passion, ingenuity, and influence required to build health into our communities and nation as a whole. We are profoundly inspired by the idea of a diverse network of dedicated leaders committed to equity and better health. Imagine how they will approach their work, cultivate the next generations of leaders, and accelerate the journey toward a Culture of Health!
These four national programs are led by esteemed academic institutions and organizations. Individuals and teams who participate will be prepared to translate their work into building healthy communities, influence public opinion and policy, and contribute significantly to building a Culture of Health. They will come from health and health care, architecture and transportation, education and faith, community organizing and policy change, and many other perspectives. Collaborating across sectors and backgrounds, they will build bridges between health care and other factors that shape people’s lives and health where they live, learn, work and play.
This is change leadership—preparing leaders to adapt and innovate in a rapidly evolving and increasingly complex landscape—and it is a crucial step in building a Culture of Health.