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Leaders for Health Program

Becoming Stakeholders of  the Community’s Health

The Leaders for Health Program knows that health shouldn’t be the sole responsibility of the local health unit. In fact, every member of the community must view themselves as the primary stakeholders of their health. It’s this accountability, efficiency, and civic participation that make the Leaders for Health Program a truly unique endeavor.

The Tri-Leader Strategy

LHP was formed in 2001 in partnership with Ateneo de Manila University and Pfizer to enhance governance skills in Philippine municipalities through the “tri-leaders” strategy, which involves the doctor, the mayor, and the community leaders of a municipality.

Far from letting a doctor loose in a remote town, the LHP guides him to become a leader in his own right. The doctor, also called the doctor volunteer, serves the doctor-less municipality, staying as the municipal health officer for four (4) years. While occupying this position, the doctor is also working on a Masters in Community Health Care Management degree at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. The two-year academic component of the program enables the doctor to reflect on the realities, learn the theories and the planning techniques to lead the health care delivery system of the town.

    The mayor of the town also has homework to do. He is also enrolled at AGSB in a certificate course in Community Health Management where a series of short-term modules help secure funds for health programs, but also enable the local chief executive to learn how to work with the doctor to improve local governance.

    Completing this tripartite partnership are the community leaders. They become the bridge between the doctor, the mayor, and the people. They, too, are enrolled in the certificate course so that they can influence the health planning activities of the government.

From Education to Transformation

By providing education and formation to a corps of leaders who collectively provide strategic and effective leadership for health at the local level, LHP is able to reshape the way people think, feel and behave about health.  As a result, the local health system is enhanced and made more responsive to the needs of the community.   Not only then do health outcomes improve, but the health system and structure is re-shaped to become more systemic in approach and the changes are institutionalized.  In this way, health and health care, which defines life and its quality, can truly be a driver of development and poverty alleviation especially for developing countries like the Philippines.

    LHP has become a school without walls, training doctors, politicians, and community leaders to change the way people think, behave, and feel about health while providing health services to the people in ways more responsive and sustainable.


Contact Information 

Leaders for Health Program
Room 107, Ateneo Professional Schools
20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center,
Makati City 




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