Our Vision

The purpose of the CIHLC Program is to develop people to lead health system transformation and enable socially accountable change in their community.

Social Accountability is defined by the World Health Organization for medical schools as “the obligation to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region, and/or nation they have a mandate to serve. The priority health concerns are to be identified jointly by governments, health care organizations, health professionals and the public”.

Community Engagement can be defined as “the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people”.

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The CIHLC Program

  • Is dedicated to the development of collaborative leaders in the health system
  • Is truly interprofessional
  • Targets senior leaders, a group that has been found to have the greatest opportunity to effect system-level changes
  • Includes a curriculum designed to develop the unique knowledge, skills, attributes and behaviours of collaborative leaders
  • Recognizes the importance of social accountability and community engagement for health system change as the critical anchor
  • Draws on best practices for the development of collaborative leadership
  • Incorporates rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of the program and, ultimately, sustainable outcomes at the health system level

Anchored in social accountability and community engagement, the Program is evidence and competency based and informed by the principles of interprofessional education.  Leaders who are driven to build a new and better future in the health of underserved populations will co-create an Action Project with a community that has been identified as a priority population such as:

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  • Aboriginal peoples
  • Mental health
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Lower-socioeconomic status

Throughout the Program participants will:

  • Develop their collaborative leadership capacity
  • Build a network of collaborative leaders
  • Facilitate an Action Project with a community
  • Create transformative change
  • Measure impact
  • Share their findings to build collective knowledge

To that end they will come together as a Community of Practice in both virtual and live environments and receive expert mentoring as they apply their learning to design, develop, implement, evaluate and share their Action Project.

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Who should participate in the program?

Participants in this program desire to connect with their community to grow opportunities for collaboration that can improve the health outcomes for underserved populations.  They are leaders in healthcare who have a sphere of influence that extends beyond their direct reporting structure and they have the support of their organization to participate in the Program and collaboratively lead an Action Project that engages the community.

Project Outcomes

At the end of this Program, participants will:

1.  Exemplify collaborative leadership.

2.  Advocate for socially accountable solutions to health inequities.

3.  Foster strengths-based approaches to collaborative and socially accountable change and development.

4.  Steward a community-engaged Action Project.

5.  Translate knowledge to improve health, provide more effective services and products or strengthen the healthcare system.