Policy Circle

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement’s (CFHI) Policy Circle connects mid-career professionals who are committed to improving healthcare policy and practice. Through this one-year program, Policy Circle aims to foster and contribute to the growth of the next generation of healthcare leaders.

In 2019-20, our first cohort of Policy Circle members made valuable connections with Harkness Fellow mentors and in areas including primary care and integrated care. By building networks with, and learning from, other Canadian healthcare organizations, Policy Circle members can develop knowledge and skills to help address provincial, territorial and federal shared healthcare priorities.

Policy Circle for 2020-21 is underway. The next call for applications for Policy Circle members in 2021-22 will open in fall 2020. To be notified of when applications are open, subscribe to our newsletter.

Member benefits

  • Virtual mentoring with Harkness alumni
  • Making new, lasting connections with, and learning from, healthcare leaders across Canada who have policy and practice experience and expertise
  • Financial support to attend a national event (for example, the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference or the National Health Leadership Conference)
  • Opportunities to collaborate with CFHI (for example, participate in a review panel, share policy insights at CFHI events and in blog posts.)
  • Access to the Harkness Fellowship reading list
  • Access to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Open School online courses
  • A certificate of recognition
  • Policy Circle Members

Policy Circle has expanded my national network of colleagues… Learning about the projects and initiatives that the other Policy Circle members are involved in gives me valuable insight into the ongoing challenges and opportunities that our health system faces.

— Paul Ronksley

Policy Circle has benefitted me tremendously… I received support from CFHI leadership, staff and other members of the Policy Circle, and mentorship from a former Harkness Fellow and established healthcare leader. I gave back by providing my expertise as a judge for the Priority Health Innovation Challenge initiative.

— Saima Awan

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