MPF | Health Professional Leadership Academy

In 2012, the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) developed the Health Professional Leadership Academy (HPLA), a year-long program aimed at developing a class of practitioners equipped and motivated to lead others and their profession in the years ahead. The program consists of face-to-face workshops, online webinars and ongoing mentorship facilitated by leaders, Academy faculty and MPA staff.

The Academy has enrolled participants from a variety of healthcare disciplines including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, physicians, physician assistance and healthcare administrators. With more than 100 graduates, MPF is committed to continuing the development of leaders to help advance the profession of pharmacy, as well as all health care.

In 2017, the program was revised and converted to a nine-month program. Due to the pandemic, the program is being revamped again to ensure successful participation. 

Click here for more details and an application.


How long is the Academy and what is the time commitment?

The Academy is undergoing revisions due to the pandemic to ensure successful participation. Details on eligibility should be available in November. The Academy will continue to include the following: 

  1. Mandatory workshops conducted by Dr. Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey. The first is anticipated to occur in January of 2021.
  2. Online, interactive webinars, with pre-webinar assignments and readings.
  3. Virtual workgroup activities.
  4. Establishing a personal leadership project that will be worked on throughout the duration of the Academy. 

To receive a Certificate of Completion, each participant must attend and participate actively in all Leadership Academy events and activities.

Is there any cost to participating in the Academy?

The cost to attend the Academy in 2021 is $1,250. Many of the Academy activities are approved for pharmacy professional continuing education credit for participating in and completing select portions of the program. The fee covers all related expenses for participation. Please note: (1) the fee does not include reimbursement for mileage or lodging, registration for the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, vents hosted at the MPA Annual Convention, any hotel or parking fees; and (2) the fee is not refundable.

What is the criteria for Academy participation?

Healthcare professionals from all practice environments are welcome to apply.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to participate in HPLA, a health professional must:

  • Be in a healthcare administrative or clinical leadership position currently, or be interested in pursuing a career in a healthcare leadership position.
  • Be able to attend all Academy workshops, webinars or group activities.
  • Be able to devote at least 3-6 hours per month to prepare for and participate in Academy activities. 

Evaluation Criteria
HPLA applications will be evaluated and selected by MPA and MPF using the following criteria:

  1. Leadership interests, goals and anticipated benefits
  2. Leadership responsibilities and/or healthcare leadership or career interests
  3. Expectations of the Academy and how knowledge and skills will be applied
  4. Past or current involvement in student, professional or community affiliations or organizations
  5. Compatibility or suitability with Leadership Academy learning objectives and curriculum
  6. Letter of recommendation (please submit with your application and responses to the questions) 

Note: Membership in a professional organization is not a requirement for selection, but it is preferred.

How can I support the Leadership Academy?

We need your support to continue forming today’s practitioners into tomorrow’s leaders. Your investment in the education and training offered by HPLA will have tremendous benefits for the future of the health care industry. If every pharmacist and pharmacy technician as well as other healthcare providers donated $250 annually, MPF could continue to expand the program, shape health care leaders and ensure a viable future for pharmacy and patient care. 

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support your profession and maintain the legacy that we’ve worked so hard to build. Click here to access a printable form with information on how to contribute. Thank you for your consideration and support of MPF initiatives.