September 20, 2006

UCLA Anderson Raises the Bar in Community Health Care

Partners with Johnson & Johnson and HRSA to deliver leadership and management skills

J&J Health Care Executive Program Classes of 2006LOS ANGELES - Each summer, the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program makes a significant contribution to community healthcare in the U.S. by training executive directors and leaders of community-based health care organizations. Eligibility is limited to those organizations that are currently funded - partially or wholly, directly or indirectly - by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For two intensive weeks at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, approximately 40 directors engage in a curriculum that provides the requisite tools, techniques and approaches to confront mounting challenges in community health care. The program design is based on interviews with HRSA grantees, experts in the health care industry and academia, and relevant literature on management education and development for health care professionals. Johnson & Johnson and HRSA contribute all tuition fees for participants.

The format emphasizes leadership and management skills as well as institutional and technical knowledge, and draws upon UCLA's 15-year experience in conducting a similar program for directors of Head Start programs. Distinguished faculty with expertise in adult management education and knowledge of health care have tailored the curriculum to meet the specific development needs of HRSA grantees. UCLA Anderson MBA students serve as teaching associates and help participants develop the strategic projects required in the program.

UCLA Anderson hosted two sessions of the program during the summer of 2006. One participant wrote to share the impact of a lecture by Senior Associate Dean Al Osborne. "Although I have had the opportunity to participate in and conduct strategic planning for organizations, I found Dr. Osborne’s approach to strategy design both enlightening and intriguing. I plan to incorporate it in my future workshops and in my agency operations and planning ... Although I have been in the business of managing not for profits for 35 years, the program moved me to a higher level of professionalism."

Victor Tabbush has been the faculty director of the program since its inception in 2002. Myra Brown is the senior program manager and Dana Lande is program manager. "This program is a wonderful collaboration between UCLA and its corporate and government partners," according to Myra Brown. "One of the best things about the program is that it affirms the importance of community health care administrators," she said.

"It was a treat to have such wonderful groups this year," said Dana Lande. "The dynamics were great and I loved how the participants bonded. They were very appreciative of the staff and friendly with each other. I've received several notes of thanks since the program and they are already looking forward to their first reunion."

Visit the Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program Web site.

About Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is the world's largest and most comprehensive manufacturer of health care products serving the consumer, pharmaceutical, and professional markets. The company has its worldwide headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where the business was founded over a century ago. Johnson & Johnson's Corporate Contributions program is recognized for its impact on health care. Support is directed to special efforts including the Head Start - Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program, Johnson & Johnson LIVE FOR LIFE(r) School Nurse Fellowships, the Johnson & Johnson - Wharton Nurse Fellows Program, the Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program and other initiatives.

About the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. Comprising five bureaus and 12 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world.  Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment.

The mission of UCLA Anderson School of Management is to be a global leader in management education, research and service. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs. UCLA Anderson alumni number more than 34,000 graduates around the world dedicated to continued networking, professional development and educational activities.

Contact Information

Dana Lande, (310) 794-9559, dana.lande@anderson.ucla.edu

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