The has announced its inaugural class of .
Launched in partnership with , the program aims to strengthen the leadership of healthcare innovators across the United States and challenge them to create new approaches that improve the health and well-being of Americans nationwide. The initial fellows, who hail from the fields of medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, mental health, government, healthcare venture capital, and veterans' health, will spend four weeks over the next two years exploring leadership models, their core values, and their visions for the healthcare sector. In addition, each fellow will commit to leading a venture with the potential to have a positive impact on health care in the U.S. and will be invited to join more than twenty-one hundred other entrepreneurial leaders from forty-nine countries as a member of the .
The 2015 Health Innovators class includes Joseph Betancourt, director of the at Mass General Hospital; Alice Chen, chief medical officer of the ; Elizabeth Fowler, vice president of global health policy at ; Anna Haghgooie, managing director of Chicago-based ; Patrick Hines, founder and CEO of Detroit-based ; Shannon Jaccard, CEO of the ; J. Joseph Kim, president and CEO of ; Drew Ladner, founder and CEO of in Washington, D.C.; Marc Lara, co-founder and chief scientific officer of ; and Ann Lee-Karlon, senior vice president of .
"We are thrilled to recognize an extraordinary group of individuals — ten men and ten women — who reflect the best of passion and commitment in the U.S. healthcare system," said Rima Cohen, managing director of the Health Innovators Fellowship program. "The fellowship will harness the creativity, deep expertise, and diverse experiences of these leaders to help solve our health system's complex challenges."
For a complete list of this year's Health Innovator , visit the Aspen Institute website.