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Annie Deaver, LMSW-Acute Care Project Manager, and LaTonya Diggs, MSW, DSRIP Project Specialist have completed the two-year leadership program of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York and are set to graduate in May as Health Leadership Fellows, Class of 2014-2016.

As members of the 2014-2016 class, they join a cohort of 39 fellows from western and central New York who are presently in positions of influence within organizations that impact the health of older adults and children impacted by poverty.

To earn Health Leadership Fellow distinction, both completed the program over an 18-month period, including four residential sessions of two to three days each. Additionally, as a requirement of graduation, a team final project which impacts a vulnerable population was required. As graduates of the Health Leadership Fellows program, they will continue their collaborative work as members of the Fellows Action Network. www.fellowsactionnetwork.org.

In addition, Millennium’s Andrea J. Wanat, MA, CPP, Director of Behavioral Health, has been accepted into the next rotation of the program. She will become a member of the class of 2016-2018.

AnnieDeaverAnnie Deaver, LMSW-Acute Care Project Manager

2016 Health Leadership Fellow – Health Foundation of Western and Central NY

Prior to joining Millennium, Deaver most recently served as Community Health Worker Supervisor with the State University of New York at Buffalo University Emergency Medical Services Occupational & Travel Health (UEMS) HealthiER Program. She also serves as a part-time adjunct instructor at Daemen College, Amherst, NY, teaching graduate social work courses. She has additional experience in domestic violence/mental health counseling and group facilitation. She holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude Sociology/Healthcare Administration from D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY; master’s in social work-mental health concentration from the State University of New York at Buffalo; Trauma Counseling Certificate from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work; and is a Licensed Master Social Worker, New York State Education Department.

LaTonya-DiggsLaTonya Diggs, MSW, DSRIP Project Specialist

2016 Health Leadership Fellow – Health Foundation of Western and Central NY

Prior to joining Millennium, Diggs most recently served as a community health worker supervisor for the HealthiER program at University Emergency Medical Services, Inc. An accomplished professional with extensive project management, program and policy evaluation experience, Diggs has worked in the human service field for more than 15 years. She has developed and implemented federal and state programs and services that have successfully addressed the needs of low-income families and individuals. Diggs is a native of Queens, New York and is a wife and a mother of two.

AndreaWanatAndrea J. Wanat, MA, CPP, Director of Behavioral Health

Andrea J. Wanat is the Director of Behavioral Health for Millennium Collaborative Care.  Wanat has worked in the behavioral health field for over 20 years and her experience includes Executive Director of the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ECCPASA); Director of Education at The Addictions Care Center in Albany, NY; Addictions Counselor at Conifer Park and SPARC; and Case Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is the former chair of the WNY Chemical Dependency Consortium and Advisory Panel member for alcohol use and substance misuse for NYS OASAS. Wanat holds a master’s degree in community psychology with a concentration in substance abuse counseling from the SAGE Graduate School, Troy, NY; and certificates in Administrative Management and Financial Management from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She is a credentialed prevention professional through NYS OASAS, and is a certified group fitness instructor who enjoys exercising and spending time with her family in her spare time.

ABOUT HEALTH LEADERSHIP FELLOWS

Health Leadership Fellows program

expands network of leaders in western and central New York

The goal of the Health Leadership Fellows program is to expand a network of skilled leaders that will learn to lead collaboratively from both within and outside of their organizations and become advocates for improved health care delivery, particularly for vulnerable older adults and children ages birth to five impacted by poverty.

The 18-month program includes sessions on personal leadership, leading change, communicating as a leader and collaboration. In addition to four to five retreats spanning two to three days each, fellows will meet monthly and develop a collaborative inter-organizational project in small teams. Each fellow will also receive executive coaching and access to the Fellows’ website and learning materials. In June 2013, the Health Foundation selected 40 professionals from health-related and safety net organizations throughout western and central New York to participate in the fourth class of the Fellows program that began in September 2013.

The Health Foundation selected its fifth class of Health Leadership Fellows in March 2014 and the cohort began work in September 2014. To learn more about the fifth cohort, click here.

The sixth cohort of Fellows began the program in September 2015. To find out more about the members of the sixth class of Health Leadership Fellows, click here or on the program book link below.

Members of the newest classes will join the 99 Health Leadership Fellows that graduated in three cohorts from the original program that began in 2005 and ended in 2009. These fellows have made significant contributions throughout western and central New York by leading collaboratively to improve the health and well-being of children and elders.

As graduates of the Health Leadership Fellows program, they continue their collaborative work as members of the Fellows Action Network.

To learn more about the Fellows Action Network, visit www.fellowsactionnetwork.org.

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