CCHL awards LEADS certification to the University of Calgary’s Precision Health Program and signs three-year partnership to support health leaders

March 25, 2022

CCHL awards LEADS certification to the University of Calgary’s Precision Health Program and signs three-year partnership to support health leaders

The new agreement promotes excellence in health leadership and incorporates the renowned LEADS framework into Precision Health Program curricula. Learners in the program are eligible to receive a Certified Health Executive (CHE).

The University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) and the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) have signed a three-year partnership to advance the capabilities of health leaders. The prestigious Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation is the only certification program for Canadians in this field, setting a national standard of professionalism.

Through this agreement, CSM graduate students in the Precision Health Program can opt to receive a CHE credential after completing their first four required courses in the program, as well as a rigorous assessment of their leadership capabilities and aspirations.

The partnership allows learners in the Precision Health Program to receive advanced standing in CCHL programs including the LEADS Learning Series, LEADS in Action Project, and Self-Evaluation requirements. They will qualify for a reduced rate to enroll in the CHE designation and receive several benefits including support for lifelong learning in health services leadership, assistance with career advancement, peer recognition and an essential career designation.

Brenda Lammi, Vice-President, Leadership and Professional Development at CCHL, says: “We are excited about this collaboration with the CSM, who show their commitment to health leadership by committing to incorporating the LEADS framework into their curriculum and having a preferred designation for their students.”

This collaboration allows  both organizations to better address the constantly evolving needs of health leaders and align themselves with the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework—that includes leading self, engaging others, achieving results, developing coalitions, and systems transformation. This framework is a foundation for Canadian health leadership development and defines the knowledge, skills and attitudes a leader must have to positively contribute to the Canadian healthcare system.

“There is tremendous opportunity in precision medicine for entrepreneurs and health leaders who are driven to move new ideas from discovery to implementation,” says Dr. Dave Anderson, PhD, academic director of the Precision Health Program. “This partnership is exciting for our learners because it provides an advantage by matching our innovative curriculum with their sought-after executive leadership credential.”

For more information or to apply within the April 15, 2022 early bird application deadline, please email or visit the Precision Health Program website.

Commencing in September 2021, Precision Health is a part-time program for working professionals that culminates in a student-led master’s project in collaboration with community partners. Built around the concept of co-production of care, the curricula is designed to meet the professional development needs of both experienced and emerging health leaders. Students in the program select one of the following four specializations:

  • Quality and Safety Leadership gives clinicians and clinical administrators the operational and leadership skills to implement effective quality improvement and safety initiatives within health care organizations. Students learn how to analyze, measure, and continually improve the delivery of care to achieve optimal outcomes for patients, and when outcomes have unexpectedly not been optimal, they learn how to effectively respond to the needs of the patient, family, and healthcare providers.
  • Health Professions Education Leadership prepares leaders for the ever-changing world of health education with an evidence-based approach to curriculum design, delivery, implementation, and evaluation. Students learn how to adapt teaching and assessment practices in response to changing contexts, new research, and advancing technologies.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship is for those who want to make change happen by developing and implementing health innovations to improve patient care and contain costs. Students work with experts from the Haskayne School of Business to develop innovative solutions and viable business models for the healthcare industry. 
  • Precision Health is for those who want to explore technologies in precision health and how they can be used to guide clinical and health-related decision-making. For example, how can genomic markers be used to guide clinical decision-making and improve patient outcomes? How can clinicians engage with machine learning tools to support their practices?

About the College
The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), a national member-driven non-profit association, is the connected community that develops, supports, and inspires health leaders across Canada. The College strives to provide the leadership development, tools, knowledge and networks that members need to become high impact leaders in Canadian healthcare.

Through LEADS, the CHE designation, credentialing, training, conferences, mentoring and a nationwide careers network, we support health leaders in every sector and region, from every professional background and at any stage of their career.

Located in Ottawa, the College collaborates with 20 chapters across the country and engages with its 4,000 members and 80 corporate members to promote lifelong learning and professional development while recognizing leadership excellence.

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Media Enquiries

Kyle Marr
Senior Communications Specialist
Cumming School of Medicine

Brenda Lammi
Vice President, Leadership and Professional Development
1-800-363-9056 ext. 215