Roberts completes business management program

LOS ANGELES —Families and individuals who receive services from Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. in Alamosa will be the ultimate beneficiaries of specialized management training completed by the organization’s COO, Adam C. Roberts, one of this year’s 36 graduates of the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP).

This intensive 11-day residential program, conducted at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is designed to enhance the management and leadership skills of executives from community health centers (CHC) and executive directors of AIDS service organizations (ASO) that are devoted to expanding the quality and quantity of care, treatment and support delivered to underserved and vulnerable populations nationwide. The HCEP is designed and valuable for organizations to plan for and/or implement shifts in their organizational strategies to confront the new environment for healthcare delivery.

Johnson & Johnson and UCLA Anderson developed the program in 2002 in response to the need for community based organizations to be better equipped to confront the mounting challenges in our nation’s health care system. The HCEP program is designed to sharpen leaders’ skills so they can help their health centers and AIDS service organizations improve and expand care for the people they serve. Community health centers provide high quality preventive and primary health care services to patients regardless of their ability to pay, particularly the medically underserved and those living in vulnerable communities. AIDS Service Organizations provide a range of free services to people infected or affected by HIV and AIDS. The program also inspires executives to create and set in motion a Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP). Through a peer-and-faculty consulting process, participants develop a unique strategic plan to resolve a significant issue or obstacle in their organization. Since the program’s

inception in 2002, nearly 900 executives have graduated with enhanced management and leadership skills.

Participants are selected through a competitive application process and Johnson and Johnson subsidizes the majority of the program costs (tuition, training materials, lodging and meals) for both the participant and their co-participant.

“The UCLA Anderson School of Management is delighted to partner with Johnson & Johnson to bring needed management training to community-based health care and health-related organizations in order to ensure the viability of our country’s community health care providers,” said Victor Tabbush, faculty director at UCLA Anderson for the Health Care Executive Program.

UCLA Anderson School of Management is recognized as one of America’s premier management schools. Its preeminent position is based on internationally acclaimed research, an innovative and distinguished faculty, excellent degree programs, and exceptionally bright, highly motivated students chosen from one of the largest and finest application pools in the nation.

The HCEP program is conducted under the auspice of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research. The Price Center oversees all teaching, research, extracurricular and community activities related to entrepreneurship at UCLA Anderson, and maintains a strong commitment to serving the non-profit and small business communities through management development programs.

Johnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical and medical devices and diagnostics markets. The more than 250 Johnson & Johnson operating companies employ approximately 132,500 men and women in 60 countries and work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

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Caption: From left are Victor Tabbush, faculty director of the UCLA/J&J Health Care Executive Program and Professor Emeritus of UCLA Anderson School of Management; Valley-Wide Health Systems Chief Operations Officer Adam Roberts; Francisco J. Rodriguez, senior director, Global Community Impact, North America, Johnson & Johnson; and Al Osborne, interim dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management./Courtesy photo


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