In October 2013, the Canadian Interprofessional Leadership Collaborative (CIHLC) identified the Collaborative Change Leadership (CCL) Program housed at the University Health Network (UHN) as an exemplar in collaborative leadership for system change, and one that most closely aligned with the CIHLC vision and proposed design. Rather than launch an additional leadership education program, the CIHLC approached the UHN to create an integrated program, adding the evidence and unique components of the CIHLC to the existing CCL Program.

shutterstock_110461682 copyThe CCL faculty (and its hosts UHN and University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education) agreed to this partnership, and to adapt their program to an advanced collaborative leadership program with the additions of community engagement (CE) and social accountability (SA) content, an online presence and an enhanced evaluation.  This first cohort of the integrated program is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the five universities composing the CIHLC (University of British Columbia, Queen’s University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, University of Toronto and Université Laval).  The grounding in SA and CE provides the anchor for individuals to lead socially accountable change within and across organizations, ultimately improving access to healthcare for underserved groups.  The online presence creates the potential to reach a wider audience across Canada and internationally.

The integrated CCL Program runs from 11 April 2014 to 31 January 2015.