A Deep Commitment to Making a Difference in Maine

Improving quality and efficiency, doing more with less, becoming more patient focused, finding innovative solutions to organizational and community challenges.  Maine’s healthcare environment has become more complex and competitive than ever before.

Maine needs leaders who can tackle these tough challenges–challenges that require courage, vision and new and more effective leadership approaches.

Since its creation in late 2007, nearly 400 leaders have taken part in Maine’s unique statewide Health Leadership Development (HLD) course. Each year HLD brings together a diverse mix of experienced leaders from a wide range of health and healthcare settings and professions to build their individual collaborative leadership skills and prepare them to lead efforts aimed at improving quality and expanding access to affordable care. While these dedicated individuals come from different backgrounds and communities, they share a deep commitment to making a difference here in Maine.

For More Information

If you would like to discuss how the Health Leadership Development course can help you become a more effective health leader, please email Janell Lewis  or catch a glimpse on our Instagram account of one of the sessions from HLD 17!

Course Overview

Maine’s Health Leadership Development Course (HLD) is a unique blend of individual collaborative leadership skill building, combined with Health Content sessions and practical skills application through topically focused projects aimed at helping individuals better understand and lead in Maine’s complex, ever-changing health and healthcare environment.

HLD is an intensive 16-day course that takes place over an eight-month period beginning each September. Monthly sessions are held on Thursdays and Fridays at Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, just outside Augusta. A three-day Hurricane Island Outward Bound School session in October catalyzes individual growth and group cohesion.

Physicians and others who participate in HLD may be eligible to receive continuing education (CME) credits.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership.  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

American Disabilities Act (ADA)
If special arrangements are required for an individual with a disability to attend this course, please contact Maggie Adelson

HLD provides the opportunity to develop the following core competencies:

Increased understanding of self and others. Reflection on personal strengths, challenges and own standards of integrity, leading to greater courage and self-confidence as a leader.

Deeper understanding of leadership as cognitive, analytical and intuitive. Greater trust as a leader in employing intuitive skills to be able to look beyond competition and political pressures.

Renewed personal vision, hope and energy for making a leadership contribution to the health of Maine people. Practice respecting and appreciating diverse leadership styles, and creating sustainable relationships across difference.

Greater ability to influence and advocate for desired change in health and healthcare in Maine.

Skills and practice on building inclusive systems and networks.

Ability to use collaborative and facilitative leadership tools to bring together diverse stakeholders to better understand and address challenges facing health and healthcare in Maine.

Ability to understand Maine’s health sector environment, and to apply sound analytical and ethical reasoning to resolve and improve Maine’s health system performance.

Increased understanding of the importance of using information, including translating data, evidence, information and cultural perspectives to knowledge, then to action.


The HLD course is designed for emerging and evolving leaders from throughout Maine and across the entire spectrum of health and healthcare related organizations. Each HLD class is made up of a diverse mix of individuals who are in leadership roles and are poised to take on greater collaborative leadership responsibilities in the months and years ahead.

Applications are invited from individuals involved in nonprofit and for-profit organizations as well as government, including:

  • Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, mental health professionals and other clinicians in leadership roles (or those seeking greater leadership roles)
  • Healthcare administrators and managers
  • Health and healthcare CEOs
  • Public health leaders
  • Government officials
  • Insurers and benefits managers
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Employers with an interest in health and healthcare
  • Volunteer board members
  • Consumers and consumer advocates
  • Physician practice leaders
  • Individuals involved in community health partnerships
  • Healthcare attorneys, human resources and finance specialists
  • Health and healthcare association staffs
  • Foundation staff and board members
  • Professional society leaders
  • Others…

Following an extensive review process, each year’s HLD class is selected in June.

We’re looking for highly motivated individuals who:

  • Have at least ten years professional experience
  • Currently hold—or have held—leadership positions
  • Are preparing to step up to greater leadership roles
  • Can demonstrate a strong commitment to making a difference
  • Are deeply committed to Maine.
Selection Process


Do you know a colleague who would benefit from the HLD experience? You can nominate them and the Hanley Center will then reach out with more information about the course. You can also nominate yourself!

Consider nominating more than one person. The online form allows multiple visits.

Nomination Form 

HLD Application Form

Dates, Location, and Tuition

The next class of HLD will run on the following dates:


Thursday and Friday, September 19 & 20

Thursday – Saturday, October 24 – 26*

Thursday and Friday, November 14 & 15

Thursday and Friday, December 12 & 13


Thursday and Friday, January 16 & 17

Thursday and Friday, February 6 & 7

Thursday and Friday, March 13 & 14

Friday, April 11 – Graduation!

  • Final session 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Reception, dinner and graduation 6:15 – 8:30 pm (NOTE: times are approximate)


8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Maple Hill Farm Conference Center
11 Inn Road
Hallowell, Maine

**The October Session is our Outward Bound experience and will involve an overnight commitment of two nights at a location to be determined by our team and our partners at Outward Bound.

Tuition: $6,300

Application Fee