Tampa 2017

Leading in a Changing Healthcare Environment
AOA’s Advocacy for Healthy Partnerships Conference Covered Array of Leadership Topics

By Andrew P. Peck for advocates4dos.org (posted Feb.14, 2017)
 

AAOA President-Elect Wendy McDonald (L) and President Karen Garza met up with Executive Director Lawrence Cunningham at the AOA’s Advocacy for Healthy Partnerships program in Tampa.

AAOA President-Elect Wendy McDonald (L) and President Karen Garza met up with Executive Director Lawrence Cunningham at the AOA’s Advocacy for Healthy Partnerships program in Tampa.

Leaders in today’s healthcare environment have to be ready for rapid change on numerous fronts. With those challenges in mind, leaders in the Osteopathic profession assembled in Tampa during January for the AOA’s Advocacy For Healthy Partnerships conference. AAOA was represented at the gathering by President Linda Garza and President-Elect Wendy McDonald

The AHP Conference featured a series of training sessions covering a diverse range of knowledge and skills to aid leaders in the field of Osteopathic Medicine. Attendees received expert advice on successfully advocating for patients and engaged in discussion on topics such as grassroots advocacy, emerging issues in health policies, and technological innovation.

Ms. Garza said the program contained timely and cutting-edge topics that were to her benefit as a leader.

“I took away the importance of an ability to work well with each other – to communicate well,” Garza said. “The right hand has to know what the left hand is doing in order to complete your accomplishments. You can’t do it by yourself.”

The event included a discussion on resilient leadership with Lt. General RusselL Honoré (US Army – Ret.) commander of the task force responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas. The leaders in attendance also heard from Mark Kelly, retired American astronaut, engineer and U.S. Navy Captain. Kelly told the group to think independently and question conventional wisdom. “None of us is as dumb as all of us,” Kelly said.

Ms. McDonald said she was inspired by General Honoré’s speech about the importance of understanding the weight and responsibility of leadership.

“When he said, ‘Leadership costs a sacrifice,’ that helped me recognize when I do feel stressed it’s ok – it’s typical to feel that in a leadership role” McDonald said. “And also, It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time. If a mistake is made you can fix it. Just don’t make the same mistake over and over again.”

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