Health Governors’ Foundation Series
The Health Governors’ Foundation Series is the first course in HealthCareCAN’s Governance Development Program (GDP). The course is designed to provide you, the health-system board member or senior leader, an opportunity to master new skills, and develop important competencies, and to increase your effectiveness as health system governors by gaining valuable insights.
The course encourages collaboration through an online discussion forum and Webinars.
By the end of the course you will be far better equipped to be a competent health governor, with a firm foundation of knowledge as to what your responsibilities are and how you can carry them out most effectively.
At the completion of this course you will be able to:
- Cite examples of good and poor governance contributing to organizational effectiveness in the Canadian healthcare context
- Describe the various levels of governance, including fiduciary, strategic and generative governance, as well as when and how to employ them
- Differentiate between the different modes of governance and better focus agendas and discussion
- Stimulate creative thinking at board meetings
- Recognize the crucial role that a board’s culture plays in its effectiveness.
|Length:||15 hours to be completed over 4 months|
Please note that during the registration process you will be asked to provide a copy of your current resume. CHA Learning reviews resumes to gain an understanding of the background of our students and to better match our students with Education Consultants.
The course consists of six units that were written and reviewed by health governance experts.
- Unit 1: Why Health Governance Matters—An Introduction to Health Governance
- Unit 2: A Fresh Way of Thinking about Governance
- Unit 3: Fiduciary
- Unit 4: Strategy
- Unit 5: Generative Governance
- Unit 6: The Board’s Culture
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Students must have basic computer knowledge and internet navigation skills in order to complete the course. Students should have access to a computer with Window 7 or higher in order to access the required program resources and to ensure optimal performance. Students choosing to use Mac or Linux operating system must have experience using alternate remote access software.
Please note that CHA Learning staff can only assist Windows operating system users and provide technical support in relation to our website, we do not provide technical support for internet and/or basic computer use.
Application Process Requirements
CHA Learning only accepts online applications, this allows us to be efficient in how we respond to students. You will receive instructions to upload your application documents after you have paid the tuition.
File Types for Application Documents:
Please ensure the filename for each application document includes the document name, your first initial and your last name (e.g. resume_asmith.doc). This way CHA Learning will be able to quickly identify your application documents. Upload your documents in the following formats:
- Microsoft Word
Submitting your Application:
You must submit all of your application documents at the same time, failure to do so will indicate an incomplete application. Please note attachments cannot be modified once submitted.
All materials available through the CHA Learning Gateway.
The Health Governors’ Foundation Series consists of six units.
Unit 1: Why Health Governance Matters—An Introduction to Health Governance
Unit 1 serves as a solid introduction to health governance, exploring its importance to the smooth functioning of the organization. It provides real-life examples of both strong and weak governance and shows their often far-reaching impact.
Unit 2: A Fresh Way of Thinking about Governance
Unit 2 moves from the importance of governance to the process of governing and presents a conceptual framework.
Unit 3: Fiduciary
Unit 3 explores in some detail the fiduciary mode of governance, building on the work of leading governance experts Chait, Ryan and Taylor. The fiduciary mode is generally considered to be the foundation for effective governance.
Unit 4: Strategy
One of the board’s key responsibilities is to provide the overall direction for the organization. It does so in the form of a strategic plan. The board is involved in the development, approval and monitoring of the implementation of the strategic plan for its organization. Unit 4 will help board members to know what their role is; set an effective strategic direction for their organization, and avoid the pitfalls that some organizations encounter along the way.
Unit 5: Generative Governance
Unit 5 introduces the generative mode of governance. It describes this mode, particularly as it relates to non-profit boards in the health and social services sector.
Unit 6: The Board’s Culture
Crucial to the board’s effectiveness is its culture. Unit 6 examines the all-important cultural aspects of a board.
Grading and Credits
The Health Governors’ Foundation Series includes discussion forums, 6 quizzes and a final exam.
- Quiz for each of the 6 units
- Discussion forum participation throughout the course duration
- Final exam
- You need to earn 60% or greater on your final exam grade and your overall course grade in order to pass this course
Location for Quizzes, Assignments and Final Exam
Quizzes, assignments and the final exam are completed online through the CHA Learning Gateway
Students receive a course certificate in Health Governors’ Foundation Series issued by HealthCareCAN upon successful completion of the course.
Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL)
Attendance in this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 7.5 Category II credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.
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Laurie’s 30 year professional career was spent primarily in information technology and business consulting. As a partner in one of the world’s largest professional services firms, her clients spanned both the public and private sectors and included organizations of all sizes. Her long-time interest in the healthcare field drove her later career to focus her consulting on this sector and she also spent several years as an executive in a provincial crown corporation delivering e-health solutions.
Laurie has served in a volunteer capacity as a Trustee of University Health Network (UHN) from 1999-2013, serving on both the Quality Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee, and continues to sit as a non-Board member of the UHN Quality Committee of the Board.
Laurie’s perspective on healthcare integration and quality improvement is broadening from acute care into other sectors of healthcare delivery as she has recently joined the Boards of the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre and Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehab Hospital. She also serves as part-time faculty for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
Laurie has a B. Commerce and is a Certified Management Accountant and is a Fellow of CMA Canada.
Joan Dawe is the Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Eastern Integrated Health Authority (2004-2009) and a former Deputy Minister of the Departments of Health and Community Services and Social Services / Human Resources and Employment with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She was a recipient of the 2001 Public Service Award of Excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador and the 2004 recipient of the Canadian Healthcare Association’s Distinguished Service Award.
A nurse by training, Joan has held senior executive positions in hospital administration, regional health planning, and has served in governance roles with numerous health organizations at local, provincial, and national levels for the past 38 years.
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