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HSA Chair Completes Health Leadership Fellows Program

HSA Chair Completes Health Leadership Fellows Program

Lisa Rafalson, PhD completed the program which aims to expand a network of skilled leaders that will learn to lead collaboratively.

Buffalo, New York – May 18, 2015 – Lisa Rafalson, PhD, chair of D’Youville’s Health Services Administration (HSA) department, graduated from the Health Leadership Fellows program on April 27 along with 39 other individuals who made up the fourth class of professionals from health-related and safety net organizations throughout western and central New York.

The 18-month program included sessions on personal leadership, leading change, communicating as a leader and collaboration. There were four retreats spanning two to three days each, monthly meetings and collaborations.

“The program was incredibly challenging but rewarding,” Rafalson said. “The retreats were facilitated by national experts in various aspects of leadership development. The cohort members were incredibly diverse in their expertise and healthcare environment. I learned so much and made so many new connections in the field which is beneficial to D’Youville and our students.”

Started in 2005 by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, the goal of the program is to expand a network of skilled leaders that will learn to lead collaboratively from both within and outside of their organizations and become advocates for improved healthcare delivery, particularly for vulnerable older adults and children ages birth to five impacted by poverty.

Individuals were chosen through an application process by an election committee comprised of Health Foundation board members and other local professionals in leadership and health care.

The graduation ceremony was held at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, one of the largest history museums in the nation.

Rafalson is a cum laude and honors graduate of Loyola University in Chicago where she received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Latin American Studies and earned both her master’s degree and her doctorate in epidemiology and community health from the University at Buffalo.