The Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership (MICHL) is an 18-day educational program that takes place over the course of nine months. As in the past, the curriculum offers peer-to-peer exchanges and collaborative learning experiences. Given the pandemic, this year’s program includes virtual classroom work as we begin, and later, when appropriate and in keeping with the state’s COVID-19 guidelines, a limited number of in-person sessions. An important learning tool of MICHL has been the requirement during the program, that participants develop and implement a project that addresses an aspect of structural and/or institutional racism.
The MICHL experience is designed to help participants develop practical, hands-on leadership capacities and skills that will enhance their personal effectiveness, and that of their organization, in addressing challenges and opportunities in today’s increasingly complex health care system. In addition, the experience is designed to build a network of colleagues from across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to addressing the health care needs of Massachusetts residents who are economically, socially, ethnically, and racially marginalized.