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Rosie Taravella Among New Class of Health Leadership Fellows

Rosie Taravella Among New Class of Health Leadership Fellows
Through the Health Leadership Fellows program, we can ... improve the health of the people living in our region.

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has selected 40 professionals from health-related and safety net organizations throughout western and central New York for the fourth class of its Health Leadership Fellows program, Foundation President Ann F. Monroe announced recently.

Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region, is one of the members of the class of 2013-14.

Launched in 2005, the goal of the Health Leadership Fellows program is to produce a network of diverse, highly-skilled leaders that will learn to lead collaboratively from both within and outside of their organizations and become advocates for improved health care delivery, particularly for the frail elderly and children from communities of poverty.

“Through the Health Leadership Fellows program, we can bring leaders from all facets of the health care and human services community together to learn collaboratively, share best practices and develop new and innovative ways to improve the health of the people living in our region,” Monroe said.

The 18-month program includes sessions on personal leadership, leading change, communicating as a leader and collaboration. In addition to four to five retreats spanning two to three days each, fellows will meet monthly and develop a collaborative inter-organizational project in small teams. Each fellow also receives executive coaching and access to the Fellows’ website and learning materials.

In addition to Taravella, the 2013-2014 central New York Fellows are:

  • Alice Selfic, director, Prevention Network, Central Region
  • Paula Cerio, director of quality and program development, Salvation Army of Syracuse
  • Elizabeth Crockett, executive director, REACH CNY
  • Judith Huober, director, IMPARA
  • Brandon Jones, chief operating officer, Syracuse Community Health Center
  • Christine Kearney, vice president of rehabilitation, St Camillus Hospital
  • Heather Levy, director of nursing, Syracuse Community Health Center
  • Marget Rhode, divisional director, Liberty Resources
  • Debra Stehle, associate administrator for ambulatory services and women’s health network, SUNY Upstate Medical Hospital.
  • Sue Ellen Stuart, executive director, Visiting Nurse Service
  • Erika Swenton, director of operations, St. Camillus Home Care
  • Rosie Taravella, Regional CEO, American Red Cross Central New York Regional Chapter
  • The fellows were chosen through an application process by a selection committee comprised of Health Foundation board members and other local professionals in leadership and health care. Selection criteria include leadership ability, the support of the nominee’s organization and the potential benefit of the program to the applicant’s organization and community.

    They will be formally inducted into the Fellows program at a luncheon on Aug. 8, 2013.

    Ninety-nine Health Leadership Fellows, in three distinct cohorts, graduated from the original program that began in 2005 and ended in 2009. These fellows have made significant contributions throughout western and central New York by leading collaboratively to improve the health and well-being of children and elders. As graduates of the Health Leadership Fellows program, they continue their collaborative work as members of the Fellows Action Network.

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