Greetings! I hope this letter finds you in good health. I want to let you know about an exciting new research initiative launching in January 2017. The Health Equity Leadership Pipeline Collaborative (The Collaborative) will provide innovative, relevant, and scholarly research on health professions and health education training methods to increase the impact of healthcare leadership on addressing health equity issues. As an outgrowth of the need to disseminate more on the success of the University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program (UMSEP) we are extremely excited about this new phase of work. Our goal for the Collaborative is to work with executives, scholars, practitioners, and students to create a business-driven and public health focus on health equity and pipeline program research. There are three key areas that will drive the work we do: leadership diversity enhancement, healthcare capacity building, and health education programs.
We are committed to increasing the number of minority health professionals in leadership roles, especially in the field of healthcare administration. Research and collaborations will begin to push the envelope for innovative solutions. Training programs in the health professions have not kept pace with the changing demographic landscape. With sound research, we can figure out real ways to leverage the existing infrastructure, prepare our youth to compete, and increase access to burgeoning job and career tracks in health care.
The Collaborative is an important initiative to firmly state our academic commitment to excellence and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is also necessary to build a business case for the pipeline work of UMSEP, its partners, and allies. This collaborative will help operationalize the historical work of UMSEP, be a source for grant funding for pipeline initiatives, and at the same time help tell our leadership story to wider audiences that include researchers, academics, and practitioners. I have been connected to the University of Michigan School of Public Health since 1998 as a UMSEP participant. I am humbled to have the opportunity to use my research interests to continue to build its reputation for housing a top ranking health administration program with a strong leadership pipeline program...and now the beginning of impactful research on health equity leadership.
Ebbin Dotson, PhD, MHSA
Faculty Director, UM SEP
Health Management and Policy
University of Michigan School of Public Health