MHA alumni, faculty, current and incoming students of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program hosted its first in-person Leadership Dialogue event in over three years.
The annual event was on June 17th, 2022 at UBC Robson Square, home to the MHA program where in-person classes are held. The Dialogue event was established in 2018 as part of the SPHA 564 Leadership and Management Skills course, aimed at preparing students to understand and reflect on the numerous and complex aspects of leadership, specifically in a health care setting.
Moderated by VCH Regional Director and MHA alum Jennifer Duff panelists Leslie Bonshor (Vice President of Indigenous Health, VCH Tzeachten First Nation) and Dr. Anthon Meyer (Physician, Ft. St. James, B.C. and founder of Amdocs) offered personal and professional insights on what leadership looks like and what approaches they have in building inclusive teams.
In her second year as moderator, Duff reflects on the importance of the event in bringing together community leaders to influence positive changes in the health system.
“The dialogue event creates a forum to hear about opportunities, successes, mistakes, failures in leadership from our panelists. Our panelists discussed their experiences and responsibility to build diverse teams and hire the best professionals that best fits the mandate and need of the role. The dialogue matters, because it’s meant to create a forum to ask, listen and receive the real and lived experience of leaders in our health system. And, in turn, support future health care leaders, MHA alumni and prospective students to apply their leadership to driving system improvement and change.”