AHA Health Care Transformation Fellowship

  • Innovative Approaches to Transforming Health Care

    The Health Care Transformation Fellowship is an intensive, 9-month program to provide health care leaders with skills to help their organizations implement innovative delivery and payment system transformation models. The fellowship curriculum addresses a variety of health care transformation topics including:

    1. Clinician alignment and leadership;
    2. New care delivery models;
    3. Navigating financial risk in the volume to value transition;
    4. Population health management;
    5. The integration of health information technology; and
    6. Evolving partnerships with payers, employers, community organizations and other non-traditional partners.

    Click the words below for more information or apply online. Application deadlined extended to Friday, May 1, 2015!

  • Fellowship Details

    The Health Care Transformation Fellowship includes several key components:
    Learning Retreats: Fellows attend three two-day interactive learning retreats led by expert faculty. They will learn about different approaches to transformation from industry experts and will hear from hospitals at different stages of transformation. Retreat leaders will synthesize the main take-aways, facilitate discussion, identify key questions to address with senior leadership teams and provide helpful hints for success. 
    Fellowship Project: Over the course of the program, fellows design and implement a project that addresses the needs of their organizations. Fellows receive guidance from fellowship faculty, AHA staff and their learning cohort. They periodically present progress reports, including updates at each learning retreat and a final project report.
    Coaching Calls: Fellows will have regular check-in calls with fellowship staff to discuss issues related to their projects. Staff will facilitate networking opportunities between individual fellows, faculty or other AHA member organizations pursuing similar strategies.
    Webinars: Four 60-minute webinars will cover topics related to health care transformation. Webinars may provide deeper analysis of learning retreat themes or address other topics based on the cohort’s stated interests and needs.
    Transformation Resources: Fellows will be provided relevant reading assignments and have access to other resources and tools through a dedicated fellowship website and email list.

  • Program Value

    The Health Care Transformation Fellowship is designed to give participants knowledge, actionable tools and valuable connections to transform their organizations, as well as ongoing opportunities for learning and involvement.
    Knowledge and Tangible Results: Fellows gain essential knowledge about challenges and opportunities for health care transformation. Fellowship projects will demonstrate measureable progress and achieve key milestones that are aligned to organizational objectives. 
    Networking Connections: Fellows have the opportunity to network and make professional connections with their fellowship class, past fellows and expert faculty.
    Pay-it-Forward: Fellows can continue to build the Health Care Transformation Fellowship alumni network and participate as faculty or advisors in future classes to showcase their organization’s success, results and lessons learned on transformation initiatives. Some fellows may choose to become Senior Fellows of the Health Research and Educational Trust.

    Fellows will learn:

    • Key foundational competencies for health care transformation
    • Approaches to implementing new care delivery and payment models
    • Effective techniques to manage risk and operating costs
    • Strategies to support clinician leadership development and engagement
    • Approaches for using health information technology to support population health management, clinical care delivery, financial management or operational efficiency initiatives
    • How other hospitals and care systems are effectively transforming their organizations
  • Candidates

    Appropriate candidates for the fellowship include:

    • C-suite level executives (CEOs, COOs, CMOs, CFOs, etc.)
    • Senior vice presidents and vice presidents from any of the following disciplines:
      • Finance
      • Operations
      • Strategy
    • Clinical leaders
  • Tuition

    Tuition for the Health Care Transformation Fellowship is $19,500 per organization. Discounts may be available for small organizations. Please contact hctfellowship@aha.org for more information.

    Tuition covers one individual (the fellow) from each organization. The fellow may bring up to three colleagues to each of the learning retreats.
    Tuition includes:

    • All program materials for learning retreats and webinars
    • Registration for the 2014 AHA/Health Forum Leadership Summit (San Diego, CA)
    • Registration for the 2015 Association for Community Health Improvement National Conference (Dallas, TX)
    • Breakfast, lunch and one dinner during fellowship learning retreats 

    Please note: Space is limited to 20 organizations


  • Application Instructions

    Applicants must submit:

    - Resume or Curriculum Vitae

    - Letter of organizational support – You are required to submit a one-page letter from the CEO, president or other executive from your organization. The letter should indicate organizational support and commitment (time and resources) for the fellowship project and for your participation in the Health Care Transformation Fellowship.

    - Individual photo

    - Project proposal

    Please submit a 250-word proposal describing how your project will support payment or care delivery model transformation at your organization. Think strategically and align your project with your current role or organization’s existing initiatives. Make sure your project has clear objectives, a way to measure progress and is something that you can realistically achieve during the 9-month fellowship. Please include the following items.


    1. Describe your organization’s overall initiative (e.g. pursue clinical integration, bundled payment arrangement, population health management).
    2. What are you specific goals for the fellowship project? What will you accomplish over the course of the fellowship? How does your project align with organizational goals.


    Examples from previous fellowship classes include:
    - Developing a perioperative surgical home
    - Creating a comprehensive population health management strategy
    - Developing a strategy for clinical integration

    Please note: It is understood that all projects are works in progress, but should have realistic goals and include actionable measures, milestones and objectives to be completed by the end of the fellowship program. Projects may undergo modification to ensure they fully meet program objectives.

    Please have this information ready when you apply.

    Applications are due May 1, 2014. All applications must be submitted electronically.

  • Key Dates




    Fellowship applications due

    May 1, 2015


    Learning Retreat #1: Innovative Models of Care Delivery July 20-21, 2015 San Francisco
    2015 Quality Roadmap: Achieving Equitable Care for All Patients
    (optional, included in tuition)
    July 22, 2015 San Francisco

    AHA/Health Forum Leadership Summit
    (optional, included in tuition)

    July 23-25, 2015

    San Francisco

    Learning Retreat #2: Innovative Financial Models for the Volume to Value Transition

    November 11-12, 2015


    Learning Retreat #3: Innovative Models for Population Health Management

    Feb 29-March 1, 2016


    Association for Community Health Improvement National Conference
    (optional, included in tuition)

    March 2-4, 2016