By Natasha Robinson, MPCA Communications Specialist
Two Michigan residents have completed the Community Health Center Executive Fellowship Program offered through the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Health Policy & Management. Kenneth Mays, M.D. and Tasha Thomas, Cherry Street Health Services Director of Clinical Operations, both completed this year’s cohort.
Thomas said the year-long program offered her invaluable insight into the world of Health Centers, and she was able to use the information in her daily work at Cherry Street Health Services immediately.
“A bonus I never anticipated was the support I felt from professors and fellow cohorts. It is great to know that I have colleagues around the United States that I can seek out for suggestions, guidance or business intelligence,” Thomas said. “I am grateful that Cherry Street Health Services provided an opportunity for me to participate in the Community Health Center Executive Fellowship Program.”
The fellowship is designed to provide education and skill development in key areas of management competency and executive leadership, according to its website. It was created by the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Health Policy and Management Department, in conjunction with the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved and the Greater Midwest Association of Primary Health Care. Originally intended for community health leaders in the Midwest, the executive fellowship program is now offered nationally. The next cohort is scheduled to begin on January 15, 2013. The Community Health Executive Fellowship is a member of National Association of Community Health Center’s Leadership Development Institute.