The Canadian College of Health Leaders, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Social Sciences & the Canadian Health Workforce Network Partner to offer a bilingual Health Leadership Specialty in Health Workforce Studies

November 1, 2022

Health leaders can now boost their competence in health workforce studies – at a time when it has never been more important.  

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences and the Canadian Health Workforce Network (CHWN) are partnering to offer health leaders in Canada a new avenue to further their expertise in workforce planning, policy and management. 

In the current pandemic context, workforce planning, policy and management have never been more crucial. Through a new offering from CCHL, health leaders can pursue Health Leadership Specialties (HLS) and earn credit towards the newly minted CCHL Fellowship Select Program.  

Brenda Lammi, Vice President, Leadership and Professional Development at the CCHL, said: “Health Leadership Specialties are an exciting new development for CCHL as we have the opportunity to partner with incredible organizations and hopefully influence the life-long learning and impact of health leaders as they apply what they learn directly in their daily work.” 

Through the HLS in Health Workforce Studies, Canadian health leaders will undertake the Health Workforces Studies microprogram in either English or in French. Participants will apply their learning in their workplace and write a paper on the impact and experience of knowledge translation. The paper is reviewed by a panel of three CCHL Fellowship Evaluators, who may award the Health Leadership Specialty in Health Workforce Studies. 

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa and Lead of the Canadian Health Workforce Network, said, “We are excited at this opportunity to build capacity amongst health leaders in critically needed knowledge in health workforce planning, policy and management to apply to the challenges we are facing in the health system today.” 

About Microprogram Health Workforce Studies 

This microprogram offers the opportunity to learn about over 30 health occupations engaged in the provision of services across Canada and about the critical inputs, processes and outputs of health workforce policy, planning and management across health systems and organizations in both official languages. 

About the University of Ottawa – Faculty of Social Sciences 

A vibrant community of 10,000 students and 270 professors is at the heart of the cutting-edge research and events that define the Faculty of Social Sciences. It’s renowned for interdisciplinary studies: its nine academic units offer a wide array of programs in French and in English. 

About the Canadian Health Workforce Network 

The Canadian Health Workforce Network (CHWN) is a volunteer-based knowledge exchange network of researchers, decision-makers and other knowledge users with expertise in health workforce planning, policy and management. CHWN’s mission is to be the Canadian source of health workforce information making it accessible and useful in support of better health system decision-making. 

About the Canadian College of Health Leaders 

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) is a national, member-driven, non-profit association. 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 and Fellows 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. 

Media Enquiries 

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault 
Full professor, Sociological and Anthropological Studies 
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa 
Lead, Canadian Health Workforce Network  

Brenda Lammi
Vice President, Leadership and Professional Development 
Canadian College of Health Leaders  
1-800-363-9056 ext. 215