Thirty-five leaders from health and human services organizations, including Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Chief Executive Officer Catherine James, graduated from the Health Leadership Fellows
program in April. Health Leadership Fellows is a program of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.
The 18-month program provided the fellows opportunities to participate in sessions on personal leadership, leading change, results based leadership and accountability and the leader as a communicator. In addition to the four residential retreats, each fellow met monthly to complete intersession work aligned with the theme of each residential session, and to develop a collaborative inter-organizational project in a small team setting.
Cathy and her team — including Inga Back from Oswego Health, Melissa Jillison of Liberty Resources, and Donna White, from The Centers of St. Camillus — collaborated on a project to change attitudes about memory loss. “From Why Me to What’s Next” focused on early diagnosis and how people are living with cognitive impairment. It’s aim was to reduce bias about memory impairment and change attitudes toward pursuing diagnosis. The group produced a video interview with Cynthia Huling Hummel, an Alzheimer’s Association advocate and volunteer living in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Launched in 2005, the goal of the Health Leadership Fellows program is to produce a network of diverse, highly-skilled leaders that will learn to lead collaboratively from both within and outside of their organizations and become advocates for improved health care delivery, particularly for older adults and children impacted by poverty. Cathy graduated in the program’s seventh cohort of leaders.
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.alz.org.