Today’s guest post was written by Heang Tan, Project Manager of HealthJusticeCT.org (a grantee of the Connecticut Health Foundation) and Fellow Class of 2008.
Want to be a health justice super hero? Become a health leadership fellow. As a fellow you will harness your inner powers to do more on the quest for health equity.
I know that everyone has the capacity to be a super hero in the fight for health equity and this program can make a real difference. Here are top seven reasons why you should become a fellow:
- X-Ray Vision: Gain the miraculous ability to see through challenges in eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities. As a fellow you are not only expected to address challenges but to also develop solutions by working on a group project. My group project connected community health centers and community organizations to increase access to care for Cambodians living in the Danbury area.
- Super Bonding Powers: Create a lifelong network of super hero friends, because no hero has to fight alone. This is the true meaning of fellowship; I now have a network of partners that I can collaborate with on specific projects such as the Health Justice CT initiative.
- Feast like a king: All super heroes need super fuel. Expect to be fed well at each monthly meeting and weekend retreats.
- Get a Super Suit: Find out what color unitard best suits you, and get INSIGHTS® into who you are as a super leader. This assessment helped identified my leadership strengths and opportunities for growth.
- Super Hero Sanctum: Superman had his Fortress of Solitude. Every super hero needs some time from saving the world and the opportunity to think deep super hero thoughts. I cherished the safe and inviting environment in which the program provided for pause and reflection.
- Roll like a Super Hero: For ten months, you’ll have a team of senior superheroes helping you, guiding you and listening to your super hero thoughts. The leadership coaching and peer-to-peer support made a big difference in my leadership development.
- Learn and Practice: Albeit not very super hero sounding but the people who are making me write this blog would be annoyed if I didn’t say that you will be given learning and practice opportunities to enhance your current leadership capacity so that you become an effective health leader. (You really will!) I learned that active listening is just as important as speaking.
I have since graduated from this program nearly four years ago and have come into my own super powers. From becoming a more effective leader to strengthening my network, I have to say the lessons I’ve learned from the program still profoundly impact my work as a health advocate.
I would love to hear from fellow fellows who have graduated or who are currently enrolled in the program. What super powers have you gained?
To those who are considering becoming a fellow, what questions do you have for me?