The Leadership Development Program (LDP) of the Hospitals and Health Systems (HHS) Practice Group began in 2009. LDP provides HHS Practice Group members an opportunity to become more involved in the Practice Group’s leadership. Participants are selected via a call for participation, and are appointed to membership in the LDP for a one-year term beginning in July and ending the following June. LDP members participate in Practice Group activities and have the opportunity to learn about the operations of AHLA and the Practice Group, and to develop leadership skills through interaction and project participation.
Each participant is assigned to either the chair or a vice chair of the Practice Group for two six-month rotations. During each rotation the LDP member learns the responsibilities of their assigned Practice Group leader’s position and assists the chair or vice chair in completing that individual’s responsibilities to the Practice Group. As part of this process, LDP members participate in the monthly Practice Group leadership conference calls and become involved in ongoing projects. Program participants have worked on numerous HHS Practice Group projects throughout the past two years, including the following:
- Drafting and editing HHS Practice Group email alerts, membership recruitment materials, and other Practice Group communications;
- Preparation of surveys on technology, website improvements, and social media tools for HHS Practice Group membership, and drafting of plans to implement survey responses;
- Creation of instructional toolkits for incoming HHS Practice Group vice chairs; and
- Assistance in formation of an AHLA steering committee, HHS Practice Group Affinity Groups, and Task Forces.
In addition, in 2012, LDP members initiated their own project to further obtain training for themselves and to develop training materials for other Practice Groups. This project led to the establishment of monthly teleconferences with members of AHLA staff and leadership. On those calls, LDP members have had the opportunity to learn about AHLA’s history, organizational structure, and operations. LDP members are also working collaboratively to develop Program materials for future use.