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.


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Fellowship in Action

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Learn, Engage, Accelerate, and Disrupt Health Care

In this highly interactive year-long program, fellows will learn, engage, accelerate and disrupt health care all while gaining the experience, tools and community to drive innovation in their organizations.

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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 2023 | Capstone Highlights

Chris Keeley, MUP
Chris Keeley, MUP Chief Operating Officer, Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers NYC Health + Hospitals Capstone Project Topic:
Crisis Management 
Deepa Dierickx, MSOTR/L
Deepa Dierickx, MSOTR/L Outpatient Therapy Manager, Brain Injury Services Craig Hospital Capstone Project Topic:
Scheduling Efficiency & Outcomes
Jackie Divine Lannan, RN
Jackie Divine Lannan, RN Director, Community Collaboration Ascension St. Vincent Capstone Project Topic:
Student Volunteer Programs
Nathan Ziegler
Nathan Ziegler System Vice President, Diversity, Leadership and Performance Excellence CommonSpirit Health Capstone Project Topic:
Health Equity
Shivani Jindal, MD, MPH
Shivani Jindal, MD, MPH Geriatric Medicine Hospitalist VA Boston Healthcare System Capstone Project Topic:
4Ms Framework Implementation & Recognition
Taylor McMahon, RN
Taylor McMahon, RN Director of Nursing Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Capstone Project Topic:
4Ms Framework Integration with Affordable Housing Communities
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Age-Friendly Health Systems Scholarships Available

Ben Nemtin

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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