May 16, 2018
AHIP’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP) Fellows have the passion to solve health care’s most complex challenges. ELP is a year-long fellowship program and designed exclusively for seasoned health insurance professionals who are dedicated and passionate about the future of health care. They have their work cut out for them as the industry undergoes tremendous change.
AHIP caught up with ELP Fellow Sara Daugherty, RN, MSN, Executive Director of BCBSTX STAR Kids. Sarah looks back on her ELP journey.
Sara Daugherty: I was looking for opportunities to advance my leadership and influence in the health care industry and my VP recommended the AHIP ELP Program. I was looking for mentors to challenge me to think more globally and strategically by really immersing myself into the challenges in health care and managed care in today’s environment.
Daugherty: I was hoping to broaden my view and experiences beyond my current and past roles at HCSC. My background in managed care is extensively in Medicaid programs and I am hoping to learn more about effectively managing and growing our duals program and in general about techniques to develop managed care programs that are scalable, sustainable, and effective in improving health outcomes for our members.
Daugherty: The entire experience has changed me on many levels. Not only has it really challenged me to look at what belief systems drive my day-to-day decisions and actions professionally but to also push myself to look at new realms of leadership and influence.
Through our program interactions with the Kellogg Faculty, our AHIP ELP staff, mentors, and ongoing interactions with other ELP fellows, I could gain valuable insight into many challenges I am faced with in my ongoing responsibilities. I also gained a realization that tapping into my personality and strengths as an individual are what can truly make me a great leader. Being a great leader requires being true to yourself as an individual.
Daugherty: As part of the program I developed a challenge statement that indicated the barriers we all face in providing quality, cost-effective care to Medicaid recipients in these times:
Daugherty: My Mentor is Dr. Bechara Choucair, SVP & Chief Community Health Officer at Kaiser Permanente.
Dr. Choucair set up a day for me to have access to the best and brightest Kaiser Permanente has to offer. As the Chief Community Health Officer, he plays a critical role in ensuring Kaiser Permanente members have their medical and social needs addressed.
When I met with Tony Barrueta, SVP of Government Relations at Kaiser Permanente, he stated, “Simply addressing the medical needs of Medicaid members is not enough, we all have a responsibility to address the social needs of the members as well.”
Getting a day to spend time with the various leaders at Kaiser helped me to advance my knowledge and skills around health care and leadership. It was an invaluable day and feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity.
Daugherty: This opportunity has rejuvenated me. Spending the week at Kellogg and being able to immerse myself in leadership and learning allowed me an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day challenges that keep us all from being our very best and do some real analysis of my strengths and areas for improvement as a leader. This allowed me to think about how to bring my true self to my role every day and try to be that very best I can be, even in the most hectic of times.