America’s hospitals and health systems are transforming to meet the changing needs of our patients and our communities. It is vital that future health care leaders have the knowledge and skills to adapt while navigating these changes.

The AHA Next Generation Leaders Fellowship focuses on developing leaders and empowering them to bring about real and lasting change in the hospital and health systems in which they serve. This annual fellowship is a unique opportunity to be paired with an executive-level mentor who will guide you through the planning and execution of a year-long capstone project at your hospital or health system, tackling key issues and challenges affecting health care affordability, cost, quality and safety.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2023-2024 Cohort


Program Details

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Fellow Roster

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Mentor Roster

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Program FAQ

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Application Process

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Virtual Information Session

Join this virtual information session and Q&A on February 1, 2023, at 12 p.m. CT. with Admissions Directors, Jen Braun and Kara Schram to get all your fellowship questions answered before the application deadline on March 31, 2023.

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  • Program details, including curriculum and mentoring opportunities, and transformation project
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Fellows in Action

Class of 2021

Class of 2022


For Fellows

  • Participate in Interactive, Collaborative Learning
    Experience a transformational learning environment where participants engage with a community of experts and peers to solve complex problems both online and in-person.
  • Establish Lifelong Networking Connections with Peers and Mentors
    Network and make professional connections with peers, mentors and expert faculty. A mentor will be matched to each Fellow in order to provide personalized coaching and guidance throughout the program.
  • Manage Change in the Face of Uncertainty
    Gain the skills to lead behavioral and system-based changes within your organization.
  • Improve Value in Health Care
    Gain leadership skills through the execution of a project that will provide value to your organization.

For Organizations

  • Gain Solutions to Current Challenges Your Organization is Facing
    Fellows will be working on a project that will benefit their organization’s strategic needs.
  • Strengthen Your Organization’s Leadership Capability
    Fellows become more valuable to their organizations from day one, because they bring back new ways to look at challenges and leadership skills that are immediately applicable.
  • Develop New and Stronger Connections to the Field
    Not only do Fellows gain new perspectives and insights by working closely with peers and mentors, they also form relationships that outlast the program. By forging long-lasting bonds with equally ambitious and often like-minded professionals, Fellows bring connections and resources back to their organizations, in addition to the knowledge they acquire.
  • Increase Employee Retention
    Developing high-potential employees pays off in retention, innovation and succession planning. Studies have shown that employees whose organizations invest in their professional development remain loyal to their current employers for the long-term, both securing and extending your return on this investment.

Class of 2022 | Capstone Highlights

Alicia LaPalombara
Alicia LaPalombara, MSHCPM Director, Network Nursing Operations Allegheny Health Network Capstone Project Topic:
Staffing Solutions
Biren Kamdar
Biren Kamdar, MD Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine UC San Diego Health Capstone Project Topic:
Delirium Management
Christina Johnson
Christina Johnson, MD, PhD Atlantic Medical Group Health Equity Lead Physician Atlantic Health System Capstone Project Topic:
Medication Management in Populations with Health Disparities
Kerri Elsabrout
Kerri Elsabrout, DNP Vice President, Patient Care Services White Plains Hospital Capstone Project Topic:
Improving Efficiency Measures
Mike Woodruff
Mike Woodruff, MD Chief Patient Experience and Quality Officer Intermountain Healthcare Capstone Project Topic:
Improving Virtual Care Experiences
Tripp Grooms
Tripp Grooms, MHA Director of Business Operations Atrium Health Cabarrus Capstone Project Topic:
Improving Acute Care Amongst Older Adult Patients
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Age-Friendly Health Systems Scholarships Available

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The John A. Hartford Foundation provides 12 scholarships for a cohort of Age-Friendly Fellows. These fellows work towards providing enhanced care to older adults by reliably implementing a set of four evidenced-based elements of high-quality care, known as the 4Ms Framework, at their organization.

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