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Canadian Health Leadership Exchange and Acceleration Working Group (HLEA)

The HLEA Working Group purpose is to gather provincial leaders to stimulate and grow health leadership capacity and capabilities in their respective jurisdictions for 21st century care. The group strives to learn where innovation around health leadership is happening and share with each other at the macro/meso level of the health system.

Research & Evaluation Working Group

The Research & Evaluation Working Group links academics and knowledge users (e.g. decision-makers within CHLNet) together to build a body of evidence around health leadership. Its purpose is to stimulate and grow applied and academic health leadership research to better understand the discipline of health leadership and how it impacts system performance.

It produces ongoing work such as: the Leading Thru COVID Action Research Project, Benchmarking Study, Leadership and Health System Redesign (PHSI Project), and Leadership Development Impact Assessment Toolkit (LDI).

CHLNet Benchmarking Study

Leadership is increasingly being identified as a critical success factor in health system performance and yet there is what many believe a growing and widening leadership gap. A multitude of factors explain the gap but primarily cited are the complexity and pace of change occurring in the health system, and the aging profile of current leaders. CHLNet has developed a database of common leadership data and metrics against which to measure/benchmark the impact of leadership investments over time.

2020 BenchII Study Final Reports:

2014 Benchmark Study Final Report:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Leadership in Health Toolkit

CHLNet partnered on this initiative led by Dr. Ivy Bourgeault and her research team in the launch of three evidence-informed Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Toolkits and Community for Practice. The EDI Toolkits, developed with funding from Status of Women Canada, support diverse women’s leadership in health care and academic health sciences building on the foundation of the five LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework capabilities, or ‘levels of action’. Two accompanying ally toolkits – The Ally Toolkit for Men and the Ally Toolkit in Support of Diverse Leadership – aim to support inclusive leadership more broadly. These three toolkits have recently been combined into one; Equity Diversity and Inclusive Leadership in Health Toolkit. This toolkit encourages health leaders to adopt an EDI-lens and provides resources which can enhance one’s understanding of EDI or inspire ideas to improving EDI in the health sector. 

Leadership and Health System Redesign (PHSI Project)

This project studied effective leadership practices in six case studies across the country, and compared them to emerging frameworks for best practices in leadership in the health system. 

Health Leadership Action Plan

Leadership is no longer viewed as a function of position or authority but rather as a “social good”. Everyone benefits from increasing collective leadership capacity.

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