To start the new year, Covenant Community Care’s chief executive officer, Paul Propson, is taking on an exciting new challenge. The McGregor Fund—a private foundation organized “to relieve the misfortunes and promote the well-being of mankind”—has selected Propson as a 2014 Eugene A. Miller Fellow.
The Miller Fellowship program recognizes outstanding, experienced leaders of nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Detroit. Recognizing that many of the Detroit area’s strongest human service agencies have minimal resources available for professional development or for staff coverage during an executive’s extended absence, the McGregor Fund selects, on a competitive basis, up to three agency directors per year to take time away from their day-to-day responsibilities and undertake a self-designed set of activities to rejuvenate themselves and do something of benefit for their organization or field.
“As the focus of my fellowship activities this year, I am working to help some of the 14,000 patients of Covenant Community Care who lack health insurance to obtain coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace or through other means,” said Propson. “I am keeping track of all my experiences in my blog, InsureDetroit.org, so I can begin to understand whether the many changes taking place are benefiting the people in our society who have formerly been deprived of essential health care.”
The Miller Fellowship has granted $50,000 to Covenant Community Care to support Propson’s sabbatical activities in 2014.
“I am very grateful to the McGregor Fund for selecting me for this prestigious fellowship. I am hopeful that this year in which I attempt something totally new to me—to seek to directly help 100 people access health care through the resources of the Affordable Care Act and to diligently write about my experiences—will help me become a better person and a better leader for the patients and staff of Covenant Community Care,” writes Propson on his blog.
Click here to read more from Propson about his opportunity and to read his blog.