Pathways to Leadership – Open to Alaska Tribal Health Organizations (THO) Employees


Program Overview

The ANTHC Pathways to Leadership program is open to Alaska Natives and Native American employees that work for Alaska Tribal Health System organizations, please reach out if you are unsure if your organization qualifies.

Pathways participants are at all levels of their career, with or without formal education, seeking to improve their leadership, management, and supervisory knowledge and skills. Pathways is a nine-month program, starting with the kickoff in September and ending with the graduation in May. Participants attend monthly core trainings, meet with a mentor, complete a job shadow, attend an executive meeting, complete community service hours, attend a networking event, attend ANTHC Book Club discussions, and write a group project proposal for review by the Executive team. At the end of the program, after successfully passing an exam, participants receive a Certified Supervisor Certification, and graduates may choose to receive continuing education (CE) credits or undergraduate credits from Alaska Pacific University.

The core trainings introduce participants to essential tools and principles to establish a working knowledge of management practices. Experienced subject matter experts/leaders lead discussions on important topics, issues, and provide their advice and recommendations. While reading Alaska Native Reader participants read and discuss Alaska Native issues, history, and culture. Studies show public speaking is a critical leadership skill and is a great way to improve self-confidence, participants deliver speeches and practice impromptu speaking throughout the program year. To provide a foundation for management knowledge, skills, and abilities participants read and discuss the Certified Supervisor textbook to prepare for their online exam to receive​ a Certified Supervisor Certification.

Each year the program core trainings are customized to ensure maximum interest and growth, the core trainings topics are determined from the responses received​ during the application and interview process.

Program year: September 2022  to May 2023


Eligibility

Applicants for these programs are or want to be self-directed, self-aware, self-motivated and should have a strong desire to complete all core trainings and graduation requirements. 

THO Employees

In addition to being Alaska Native or Native American,
• Be a Tribal Health Organization employee for a minimum of one year by Program Kick Off (September);
• Letter of Recommendation/Endorsement from current supervisor
THO may or may not have their own requirements for Pathways applicants, recommended requirements include:
• Have no corrective actions and be in “good standing”, for the past 12 months;
• Have received a “meets expectations” (or higher) on Annual Evaluation

Notes

Impacts of withdrawing, or being removed, from a program
• Participants must wait one year before applying, i.e. 2021 participant withdrew for health reasons, or removed for Corrective Action, is eligible to apply for a 2022-2023 program

ANTHC, including Remote Employees

In addition to being Alaska Native or Native American, to meet minimum eligibility requirements one must:

• Be a full time employee, including designated groups of employees who work “regular full time” at 36 hours per week
• By Program Kick Off in September, have been an ANTHC employee for a minimum of nine months
• Have no corrective actions, and be in “good standing”, for the past nine months,
• Have received a “meets expectations” (or higher) on Annual Performance Evaluation or employees who haven’t received an evaluation must obtain a Letter of Recommendation from their supervisor
• Both applicant and applicants supervisor must sign Program Time Obligations

Notes

  • Applicants must wait one year between applying for the next program, i.e. a 2021 Pathways graduate may apply for the 2022-2023 LEAD program
  • Impacts of withdrawing, or being removed, from a program
    • Participants must wait one year before applying, i.e. 2021 participant withdrew for health reasons, or removed for Corrective Action, is eligible to apply for a 2022-2023 program

Applying for the Pathways to Leadership Program

2022 – 2023 application period 6/1/22 – 6/26/22 

The following items must be submitted for a complete Pathways to Leadership application:

  1. Pathways to Leadership Application
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  3. Leadership Program Development Plan​
  4. Personal Statement 
    • ​​​Describe who you are and why you applied for this program
    • Describe a time when you faced a leadership challenge and what you did to overcome it 
    • Describe what a cohort means to you. Share how you will inspire and motivate others in your cohort. Explain how will you learn from others in your cohort and contribute to their learning
    • Explain how your graduating from this program will benefit the tribal health community 
  5. ​​Program Time & Obligations form
    • Signed by the applicant, applicant’s supervisor, and budget approver/sponsor 
  6. (Required THO Employees or ANTHC if applicable) Letter of Recommendation/Endorsement from current supervisor

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