The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership is proud to offer an innovative and much needed seminar series aimed at teaching our rural physicians and providers leadership skills and supporting their wellness. This curriculum has been designed in partnership with rural physicians and providers. Thank you to The Physicians Foundation for their generous support of this initiative. The Physicians Foundation empowers physicians and advanced practice providers to lead in the delivery of high quality, cost-efficient healthcare.

Dates are TBD, please email Janell Lewis, Director of Leadership Development if interested in enrolling or learning more about this course.

1. Rural Practice: Challenges and Opportunities 

Session 1


Create a shared understanding of unique challenges and opportunities of rural healthcare practice and establish a learning community for the program.

Example Outcomes

  • Ability to identify opportunities amidst constraints
  • A working knowledge of Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Deviants as problem solving tools

2. Building Partnerships and Collaborations 

Session 2


  • Build and manage stronger networks and partnerships to support individual and community needs while strengthening collaboration skills.

Example Outcomes

  • Proficiency in engaging in a multi-participant collaboration in the community or among professional peers
  • Enhanced negotiation skills for both effective partnering and conflict resolution

3. Rural Practice: Seeing the System 

Session 3


  • Zoom out and strengthen your ability to see individual behaviors and norms in a larger systems perspective through data, analytics and good questions.

Example Outcomes

  • The ability to better understand the patterns of thought and behavior using basic question skills and “sensemaking” question protocols
  • Skill with practical root cause analysis tools and how they can support partnering and collaboration

4. Leading Through Advocacy and Influence 

Session 4


  • Better understand the power of your voice and how to maximize your influence on the interpersonal, community and statewide level.

Example Outcomes

  • Understanding of the opportunities for influence and advocacy on the interpersonal, rural community and statewide levels
  • Identification of specific influence and advocacy skills and, through an assessment, appreciation of personal strengths and development opportunities

5. Caring for Oneself While Caring for Others 

Session 5


  • Draw on your own resilience and learn to be a role model and catalyst for effective self-care among colleagues, patients, and community members.

Example Outcomes 

  • Ability to model wellness and psychological resilience by example through a personal wellness practice
  • Knowledge and skill with a dynamic coaching approach to support self-care behaviors in patients and community members

6. ECHO-Network for Physicians Wellness 

Session 6


  • Bringing it all together to review and explore the key curriculum components and create a practice ECHO™.

Example Outcomes

  • Learn about and practice innovations from other rural physicians
  • Familiarity with the components of an ECHO session

6 Monthly ECHO ™ Sessions: 

  • Dates are TBD
Project ECHO™ is a disease management approach that aims to increase knowledge among providers and standardize best practices for the screening, care, and treatment of a disease. ECHO™ is built on a core principle of case-based learning, wherein clinicians and healthcare providers from various sites attend a teleconference meeting hosted by a central “hub” team to present individual cases, consult with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, and learn from the cases presented by other providers. Case discussions are highly interactive, capitalizing on the insights of an interdisciplinary team of attendees in the hub and spokes. ECHO™ sessions offer the opportunity to build a dynamic community of guided practice.

Cost: $2,600 plus $25 enrollment fee

CMEs: Amount to be determined

For more information contact: Judiann Smith, Executive Director or Janell Lewis, Director of Leadership Development