Empowering Women Leaders in Health

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A New Initiative to Empower Women Leaders In Health: Highlights from Learning Lab #1

According to a Statistics Canada report, women represent 80% of the workforce in the health sector. Although the majority of health workers are women, the majority of senior management positions are held by men. Read the full article

Health Care, Health Sciences & Indigenous Health

We are a Status of Women Canada (Ontario) funded project on women's leadership in health care, health sciences and indigenous health.

The overall goal of our project is to achieve transformative systemic change in health care, health sciences, and indigenous health through the increased participation, visibility, and advancement of women in leadership positions.

We aim to achieve this goal by:
  • building an active, effective and sustainable network and community of practice among established and emerging women leaders and
  • enhancing their capacity to make transformative systemic change with evidence-informed tools.
We are supported in this initiative by our key partner organizations:

Canadian College of Health Leaders
Telfer School of Management - University of Ottawa
Canadian Health Leadership Network

and our three amazing women leaders:

Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care London
Dr. Nancy Edwards, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa
Dr. Lisa Richardson, Co-Lead Office of Indigenous Medical Education, University of Toronto

Learning Labs

Be a part of an exciting new initiative to empower women leaders in health!

Whether you are a senior leader or just emerging, we want you to be part of our network to share evidence and tools to make change  in your own organization so there are more effective women leaders in health care, academic health sciences, indigenous health and other areas in the health sector.

Join us for the second of three Empowering Women Leaders Learning Labs to share myth-busting, evidence-informed strategies, promising practices, and tools to empower and support women leaders in health.

The first 2.5 day Learning Lab took place June 2018 in Ottawa.

The second Learning Lab will be be October 23-25, 2018 in London Ontario at St-Joseph’s Hospital.

Both of these Learning Labs will focus on the three areas of health care, health sciences (with a particular focus on the science of health care and population health) and indigenous health.

The third Learning Lab will focus specifically on Indigenous women health leadership in the spring of 2019 (location tba).

Participation and Application

Participation in the 2.5 day Learning Labs is free (including a light breakfast and lunch). Participants will need to cover travel and accommodation costs [discounted group rates will be made available].

Apply to participate by sending us a one page expression of interest outlining your leadership position or aspirations and your proposed (or ongoing) initiative aimed at empowering women’s leadership in your organization. Please include a short/summary CV or resume (five pages maximum).

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until positions are filled. The review of applications will commence April 1st so that applicants can be informed by mid April to make necessary arrangements.

For more information please contact lchilds@uottawa.ca

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Learning Lab Overview

Over the course of 2.5 days, the goals of the Learning Lab will be for participants to:

• gather and contribute to a set of evidence-informed tools and strategies to apply to an individually focused transformative systemic change initiative enabling greater gender equity in their organization
• become part of a new and innovative network of established and emerging women leaders and community of practice empowering women’s leadership in the health sector more broadly

Participants are to come prepared with an individual initiative or idea that they would work on throughout the 2.5 day learning lab, participants will be asked to prepare a short presentation (3 slides max) and present on the morning of day 3.

Day 1 – October 23rd Day 2 – October 24th
Day 3 – October 25th
Morning Block 9-12 Welcome, Introductions & Keynote Speaker Panel 1: Health Sciences/Health Care Panel 3: Indigenous Health
Small Group Work with a set of Mentors & Facilitators
(rotation 1):
Initiative introduction
Small Group Work with a set of Mentors & Facilitators
(rotation 3):
Tool/Strategy adaptation
Individual Initiative Presentations and feedback from Facilitators & Mentors
Afternoon Block 1-4 EWoLiH Tools Panel 2: Health Care/Health Sciences
Small Group Work with a set of Mentors & Facilitators
(rotation 2):
Tool/Strategy selection
Small Group Work with a set of Mentors & Facilitators
(rotation 4):
Initiative refinement

Participants will work on developing and refining their individual initiative through 4-steps in a series of small group sessions:
  1. Initiative introduction
  2. Tool/Strategy selection
  3. Tool/Strategy adaptation
  4. Initiative refinement
The small group work will be facilitated by EWoLIH team members and a set of Mentors with specifically matched expertise to participant’s proposed initiatives (garnered from participant’s initial application).

Assignment to groups will shift from day 1 to day 2 to enhance feedback from a wider range of participants.

Keynote Speakers
Gillian Kernaghan
Gigi Olser
Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 13.75 Category I credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.
For more information please contact lchilds@uottawa.ca

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