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VHA Leadership Development

About Us:

The Healthcare Leadership Talent Institute (HLTI) is responsible for leadership development, talent management, and succession planning for over 350,000 employees of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). HLTI identifies, develops, and strategically manages healthcare leadership talent across VHA, with the goal of growing an engaged workforce that delivers exceptional service to our Nation’s Veterans.

To achieve our goals, HLTI works to:

  • Expand the capacity of VHA leadership programs to attract and retain talent
  • Broaden leadership development opportunities for all employees
  • Enhance the leadership skills of employees transitioning into supervisory and senior leadership positions
  • Implement talent management systems and data-driven succession planning practices to meet critical workforce needs

Our Service Areas:

1. Leadership Development Programs

HLTI both manages and partners with other organizations to offer VHA employees leadership development programs. These programs encompass a wide-range of learning formats, including in-person, virtual, and on-the-job training. Below is a list of the current programs offered.

HLTI managed programs:

  • Army-Baylor University Graduate Program
  • Explorations in Leadership (LeadX)
  • Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP)
  • Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP)
  • New Executive Training Program (NExT)
  • Supervisor Ready
  • VHA Executive Management Fellowship (EMF)
  • VHA Governance Board Shadowing
  • VHA Senior Executive Orientation (VHA SEO)

Partner programs:

  • Excellence in Government Fellows (EIG)
  • Federal Executive Institute Leadership for a Democratic Society (FEI-LDS)
  • Leadership VA (LVA)
  • New Supervisor Essentials (NSE)
  • President’s Management Council Inter-Agency Rotation Program (PMC)
  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)
  • Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP)
  • Supervisor and Manager Refresher Training Program (SMR)
  • Supervisor University (SuperU)
  • VHA Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability, and Development (LEAD)- Facility/VISN
  • Virtual Aspiring Supervisor Program (vASP)
  • White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP)

2. Leadership Succession Planning

HLTI coordinates leadership succession planning and talent management activities essential for identifying and developing future VHA leaders. Below is a list of succession planning activities offered by HLTI.

  • Medical Center Director VHA Talent Reviews
  • Chief of Staff VHA Talent Reviews
  • Talent Assessments
  • Leadership Succession Planning Process & Consultation
  • Experience-based Learning

3. Technical Career Training

HLTI offers technical career training designed to prepare professionals in critical occupations (e.g., HR, engineering, etc.) with specialized knowledge needed to support the delivery of quality care in VHA.

  • Technical Career Field Program (TCF)

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