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Awards to USA Individuals at Health Institutions Serving Older Adults for Leadership Development

Practice Change Leaders Program Award


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Funding Source
Practice Change Leaders (PCL)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 08/16/17 2:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM MDT / 4:00 PM CDT / 5:00 PM EDT Save

Grant Description
Awards of $45,000 to USA individuals holding leadership positions at hospitals, clinics, health plans, nursing homes, and other institutions that provide health services to older adults. Awardees will participate in a leadership development program aimed at improving the quality of care. The award will cover the individual's participation in the program as well as the implementation of a self-directed project.

Program Activities:

Through participation in this fifteen month program, Practice Change Leaders will further develop their leadership skills through completing a project aimed at improving care for older adults. With the support of local and national Senior Leaders, Practice Change Leaders will engage in self-directed acquisition of the necessary skills and content expertise to become more effective leaders.

To create maximum efficiency and leverage, the Practice Change Leaders program will focus on four core topic areas that are central components of national reform efforts. These core topics include enhanced primary care (to include but not limited to person-centered medical homes), accountable care organizations, transitional care and hospital readmission reduction, and programs designed to meet the needs of dually eligible beneficiaries.

Practice Change Leaders’ projects will ideally address one or more of the four core content areas. Applicants may propose a newly designed project or the continuation of an existing project that is being actively pursued. The projects will serve as an important vehicle for “hands-on” learning of critical and transformative leadership skill development.

Practice Change Leaders will attend four highly interactive national meetings over the course of the award. These meetings will be convened in different locations throughout the country. Attended by the Senior Leaders and select national experts in health and health care delivery to older adults, the meetings are founded on the premise that every attendee is both a teacher and a learner. Practice Change Leaders will have the opportunity to receive input on their projects and progress in pursuing their career goals through case-based discussions complemented by group problem-solving activities.

Each national meeting features an interactive seminar, led by a national expert. Potential seminar topics include: developing a compelling business plan, building high performing teams, building strategic partnerships across service lines, leading cultural change, and strategic fundraising. Periodically, the Practice Change Leaders and Senior Leaders will meet in subgroups to focus on consumer engagement, policy, finance, and community collaboration.

Use of Practice Change Leaders Funding:

Applicants must submit a line-item budget for approval. Practice Change Leaders may use funding to support:

-Portions of their time devoted to participation in the Practice Change Leaders program including, but not limited to, the design and implementation of the proposed project and attendance at each of the national meetings.

-Portions of time from individuals assisting in the design and implementation of the Practice Change Leader’s project. This might include an assistant to collect data, a data analyst, or an external consultant with expertise related to design and implementation of the new or improved program/service.

-Other expenses, subject to approval by the National Program Office.

-Please note that travel to the national meetings will be covered by the National Program Office and does not need to be included in the applicant’s proposed budget.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must hold a leadership role in a health care delivery organization, health-related institution, or community-based organization with direct responsibility for care that impacts older adults.

The applicant’s home institution may be a health plan, hospital, ambulatory clinic, home health agency, assisted living facility, nursing home, or community-based agency providing health-related services to older adults.

Irrespective of practice setting, applicants must be senior enough in their organization to have decision-making authority and be able to effectuate change.

Applicants must live and practice in the United States.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Potential applicants are invited to attend one or more informational teleconference. During these calls, the National Program Office will address questions and concerns. Individuals who are considering applying are encouraged but not required to participate and can call in anonymously if they so choose.

The dates/times for the 2018 recruitment informational teleconferences are as follows:

-Thursday June 15 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
-Monday July 10 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
-Wednesday July 26 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
-Monday August 7 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Dedicated calls:

The PCL program is pleased to offer dedicated peer-to-peer informational calls for social workers, community-based professionals and for nurses. These three groups are also welcome to join the general informational calls as listed above. However we do ask if you do not identify with the three categories below that you join the general informational calls listed above rather than the dedicated calls.

Social Workers and Community-Based Professionals, (all backgrounds) — please only attend this peer-to-peer call if you are a social worker from any organization or work for a community-based organization that aims to improve health, (including behavioral health) or healthcare to older adults

-Wednesday June 21 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
-Thursday August 3 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Nurses - please only attend this peer-to-peer call if you are a nurse

-Wednesday June 14 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
-Wednesday July 12 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be submitted via email no later than Wednesday August 16, 2017 by 2:00 PM PDT, 3:00 PM MDT, 4:00 PM CDT, or 5:00 PM EDT.

Home institutions will be expected to make a monetary or in-kind contribution, acknowledging that the Leaders’ career development and project adds value to their respective organizations. The home institution’s monetary or in-kind contribution is expected to amount to $20,000 over the one-year program.

About the Program:

Conditions of the Award:

Key Dates:

Selection Criteria:


Number of Grants
Up to 10 awards will be made.

Estimated Size of Grant
Practice Change Leaders receive $45,000 per year for one year.

Term of Contract
The start date of the award is January 1, 2018. The award supports a one-year appointment.

Awardees are encouraged to choose a project that can produce tangible and meaningful results within a year.

Practice Change Leaders is a fifteen-month program.

Contact Information
Applicants may participate in the teleconference by dialing the call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208 and then entering 406 711 594.

Practice Change Leaders Program
Division of Health Care Policy and Research
13199 East Montview Blvd. Suite 400
Aurora, CO 80045

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