The 12-month Next Generation Leaders Fellowship will be bookended with in-person meetings at the annual AHA Leadership Summit in late July. The majority of the program will take place virtually through inquiry-based modules, discussions and web meetings with faculty and mentors representing diverse expertise and leadership positions.

After the instructional phase is complete, fellows will work one-on-one with their mentor to execute a transformation project specific to a challenge within their organization. The program will conclude at the AHA Leadership Summit where fellows will present their project solution to their peers, faculty and other conference attendees.

Take the next step to transform your career

Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort are open and reviewed on a rolling basis. Submit your completed application today.

Key Application Dates for 2021-2022

Application Deadline:

Application will open in January 2021. Completed applications with all required documents are reviewed on rolling basis.

Decision Notification Date:

Applicants will be notified via email sent to their current email address on file from within 30 days of confirmed receipt of application.

Enrollment Deposit and Final Payment Deadline:

In order to hold your spot in the program, AHA requires a non-refundable deposit of 25%, or $2500 due within 30 days of your acceptance date. Tuition must be paid in full by July 1 to maintain your spot in the program.



Prior to the in-person kick-off, fellows will have access to the program’s digital platform and be matched with an experienced, senior health care leader.

Once on the platform, you will be invited to:

  • Set clear personal and professional developments goals for the program
  • Start chatting with other fellows
  • Learn more about your communication and leadership style

Kick-off in Nashville to meet your mentor

slide deck iconIn-person, If possible | July 22-24, 2021

AHA Leadership Summit in Nashville

Fellows will meet their mentor, network with other fellows, and participate in design thinking exercises to explore a challenge that can be tackled at their organization.

Instruction and project planning phase

screen deck iconVirtual | July - December 2021

Fellows can expect to:

  • Engage and develop relationships with their peers, faculty and mentors
  • Complete weekly modules (1-3 hours per week) through case studies, scenarios, readings and discussions
  • Participate in biweekly live problem-solving sessions
  • Plan and scope their transformation project with mentor and peers

Strengthen skills and knowledge on the following topics:

  • Navigate the new health care environment and competitive landscape
    • Disruption
    • New Market Entrants
  • Expand innovation capacity
    • What is innovation
    • Leading innovation
    • Organizing for innovation
  • Effect positive organizational change
    • Change management
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Workforce resilience
    • Governance
  • Drive digital transformation
    • Digital experience
    • Virtual care
    • Big data
    • Artificial intelligence
  • Lead the shift from health care to well care
    • Value
    • Consumer orientation
    • Population health management
    • Community health and healthy equity
    • Age-Friendly Health Systems

Project execution phase

screen deck iconVirtual | January-June 2021

Fellows will utilize the leadership skills acquired in the first half of the program to execute a change project specific to a challenge within their organization such as redesigning care delivery, improving quality and outcomes, managing risk and offering new payment models, implementing operational solutions and creating age-friendly health systems.

Fellows can expect to:

  • Continue to virtually meet regularly with their mentor and peers
  • Receive opportunities to participate in optional mentor site visits and in-person meet-ups, if possible

Final project presentation in San Diego

slide deck iconIn-person | July 17-19, 2022

AHA Leadership Summit in in San Diego

Fellows will present the impact of their change project in front of peers and other health care executives during the AHA Leadership Summit.



This is a competitive fellowship program for health care leaders who are accomplished in their careers and expected to rise to the top of their fields in the next five to ten years. They are leading (or on the verge of leading) transformation efforts at department, organization, enterprise and/or system levels. The program aims to select a cohort of leaders who bring diverse perspectives and experiences from a variety of settings: clinical, strategy and operational backgrounds with a strong foundation in quality, safety, affordability and are looking to expand skills to effect change at their organization. Up to 42 fellows, including 12 Age-Friendly Fellows, will be accepted into each fellowship class. Although applicants will be accepted from non AHA-member organizations, preference will be given to AHA member organization-employed applicants.

Program Investment

The Next Generation Leaders Fellowship tuition is $10,995. The price includes meals and materials provided during the program in-person events. The cost is not inclusive of travel, hotel or registration fees for AHA conferences and events. Fellows will be invited to attend both the 2021 and 2022 AHA Leadership Summits at a discounted registration rate of $750 each.

Fellows are encouraged to go on a site visit to their mentor’s institution, but that will be left to the discretion of the fellow and their mentor. The tuition is not inclusive of costs incurred for travel and expenses related to a site visit.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for fellows who desire to design, test, and implement an age-friendly project using the 4Ms Framework. Learn more about this opportunity.


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