Professional Development Task Force

Recommendations for ACHE Education Offerings and Delivery

Members can expect to see new education offerings from ACHE that address the needs of healthcare leaders in today's changing environment. In 2014, ACHE convened a Professional Development Task Force to identify how ACHE can best address the challenges faced and competencies needed by members and the healthcare community.

The task force, chaired by Christine Candio, RN, FACHE, comprised 10 leaders who were invited to participate based on their key roles in a cross-section of hospitals and healthcare systems. An outside consultant and ACHE staff supported this important initiative. The Task Force conducted extensive research, including a thorough environmental scan, an extensive literature review, qualitative interviews of hospital and health system chief learning officers, focus groups of healthcare leaders, and surveys to our members and faculty. From the research, the task force ascertained the core and evolving education needs and competencies of healthcare executives and professionals and identified new competencies that healthcare executives need to transform healthcare.

The ACHE Healthcare Leadership Competency Framework is a key outcome of the task force. This is the first time ACHE has created competencies across leadership stages in healthcare executives' professional development that align with today's core and ever-changing healthcare environment. The Framework can serve as a roadmap for executives and organizations to use in their leadership development. From postgraduate school to senior leader, a member can be intentional about how he or she wishes to grow and advance in their career.

The extensive mapping of ACHE education programs against the Framework identified opportunities to strategically develop new education programs to serve the needs of ACHE's membership. ACHE has and will continue to create new educational offerings based on a gap analysis performed using the Framework. As a result, a number of new programs will be offered that address the emerging competencies. Such topics include change management, population health, and implementing performance improvements to drive value.

The task force also identified opportunities to align ACHE content with the appropriate delivery channels that maximize the impact of the content based on the audience and setting. One of these opportunities is to offer customized education at healthcare organizations, which can help these organizations better meet the demand for in-house training. Other opportunities identified include developing specific offerings for clinicians—particularly physicians—who are transitioning to executive leadership roles. Stay tuned for more announcements as implementation activities continue.

Read the full report and view the ACHE Healthcare Leadership Competency Framework here (PDF). For questions about the Professional Development Task Force or about ACHE's Professional Development offerings, contact Anita J. Halvorsen, FACHE, vice president of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9350 or