Medical Community Fellows Program
The American Leadership Forum Medical Community Program is designed to join and strengthen leaders in the Houston medical community. Healthcare is of critical importance to our city, and each day we read about challenges that perhaps could be approached more effectively if leaders in the various segments of the medical community really knew and trusted each other.
This program offers benefits to the community, but also to the organizations sponsoring participants (leadership development and networking across the medical community), and to the participants themselves (personal growth, professional growth, effective skilled service to the community, and long lasting bonds with relationships of mutual trust among diverse leaders). The program presents approximately 25 participants with a broad perspective of the environment in which healthcare operates, and enables them to develop relationships that can facilitate collaboration.
This class had little to do with medicine,
more to do with relationships, with listening,
engaging with people
that will help you make change in the community,
and we are already doing it.
I am privileged to be a part.
-Domingo Barrios (Med Class 1)
Participants are drawn from a broad definition of “medical community”, including representatives from among the following organizations: hospitals and clinics including private/public/for profit; schools including medical, nursing, public health, community college; public health departments; insurance companies; corporate health care purchasers; pharmaceutical or medical equipment suppliers; foundations; and mental health providers. The individuals represent all functions (physician, administrator, development, nurse, public health, and board member).
The twenty-day program includes a five-day wilderness experience in the mountains, during which extremely powerful bonds are forged. In the local area, monthly sessions are held on such topics as dialogue, appreciative inquiry, consensus building, and ethics.
Each class will host a community dialogue with a format and topic of the group's choosing. In addition to creating impact in the community, the community dialogues provide a tremendous learning experience about the nature of community leadership, as well as the challenges and rewards of collaboration.
Deep connections are made across all kinds of lines, inspiring leaders to a lifetime of active public engagement.
It was wonderful to be able to have time and develop relationships with people from different institutions.
It gave me a new perspective and calmed me in a new way.
By broadening my perspective, I have been able to listen and understand in a new way.
It has been unique, enriching; I value these relationships.
Each class member changed my life, moved me and lifted my spirit.
I am excited about the prospect of looking at healthcare to see if we can make it something we could be proud of.
-Mary Jo May (Med Class 1)
Retired Executive Director, El Centro de Corazon
Characterized by its focus on the human capacity for collective intelligence, the ALF program begins a process of uncovering the principles of a different kind of leadership. When people who represent high achievement in different spheres of influence come together to learn and think, their creative and problem-solving power as a group can lead to highly effective coordinated action.
Program graduates, Senior Fellows, are empowered to serve as catalysts in their communities, bringing stakeholders from other sectors together to collaboratively address the most urgent public concerns. In ALF Founder Joseph Jaworski's words, Senior Fellows are thus able to "break legislative and bureaucratic gridlock and get things done."