Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership

Program Details

Senior leaders recognize that creating successful innovation requires leadership with the right kind of skills. The Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership (EFIHL) offered by AONL, Arizona State University and in partnership with the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL), is developed specifically to prepare executive leaders for the challenges that face industry innovation.

This year-long cohort-based program develops both the mindset and skills necessary for executive nurse leaders to accelerate innovation within their health care systems.

Who should participate?

Fellows are executive health care leaders from around the world who wish to develop critical thinking skills about new approaches to optimize quality, cost, access and the environment of health care. Fellows benefit from sharing intra-disciplinary perspectives and challenging the status quo. Fellows are bold, outcome-driven leaders striving to advance innovative environments and micro-climates for themselves and their employees.

EFIHL strengthens the ability to lead innovation, accelerate results for organizational innovations and build organizational capacity to innovate. Fellows participate in a year-long, cohort-based program that features multi-day immersions at industry-leading institutions across the country. Immersions provide in-depth exposure to organizations at the forefront of innovation leadership in health care.

Fellowship Schedule

  • 16-18Oct
    October 16-18, 2018
  • 5-7Feb
    February 5-7, 2019
  • 14-16May
    May 14-16, 2019
  • 6-8Aug
    San Francisco
    August 6-8, 2019


EFIHL attracts a wide variety of national leaders and faculty that have included:

  • Dr. Rick Hall, PhD, RDN, FAND, Director EFIHL and Clinical Professor and Director, Health Innovation Programs, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Kathy Malloch, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University and President, Kathy Malloch & Associates
  • Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS, Senior Partner, Health Systems, Tim Porter-O’Grady Associates, Inc. and Clinical Professor, Leadership Scholar, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University
  • Ms. Cathy Rick, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, FACHE, Healthcare Consultant and retired Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ms. Christi Zuber, RN, MHA, PhDc, Principle of Innovation and Design, Kaiser Permanente
  • Dr. Dan Weberg, PhD, RN, Director, Nursing Innovation, Kaiser Permanente
  • John Bowles, PhD, RN, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University

Review the 

 and full program description for additional information, registration fees and how to apply. You can also contact the program directly at efihl@asu.edu or (602) 496-0414. Application Deadline Aug. 17, 2018 or until the cohort is full.

Past Fellows

Laura Westley - Director of Interfacility Transport

“It was an opportunity to be exposed to an intensive program that would support the leadership development work that our organization has begun.”

“It reinforced the need to take calculated risk and that there is a lot of learning in failure- on so many levels.”

Sue Behrens - Director Emergency and Ambulatory Services

“My employer and I wanted to find a fellowship that would complement and benefit my overall professional development goals/plans as a leader.”

“It was an amazing experience to visit a non-healthcare start-up business with an innovative idea and learn how they started and grew their business.  Amazing to say “I could apply that in the healthcare environment as well.”