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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

Strategic Innovation for Community Health (STICH) Through its Leadership and Innovation programs with INSEAD, Johnson & Johnson has invested in over 2500 senior healthcare leaders across EMEA. These programs invite health leaders to embark into a journey of self-guided discovery to further develop their leadership and innovation capacity – realising their vital role in building the resilience of communities and health systems.

STICH class of 2017

The belief is that it is key to invest today in increasing the leadership and innovation capacity of health leaders of tomorrow as they will play an instrumental role in rethinking and transforming health systems in the years to come.

The objective of the Strategic Innovation for Community Health program is to provide cutting-edge insights and thinking about: innovation as a discipline; the innovation of healthcare and prevention services; the effective implementation and adaptation of strategy; and new approaches to “systems thinking” for addressing the challenges of healthcare. 

Benefits of the STICH program

Participants will gain a better understanding of their own innovation skills and how to improve and develop the innovation skills of those around them.

Key benefits:

  • Improve innovation skills and the ability to maximise the potential of staff
  • Understand the special nature of service delivery and key levers to improve value, quality and delivery of healthcare
  • A workshop approach to implementing innovation as a practical and useful systematic processes for healthcare service innovation that adds value for patients
  • Communicate more effectively about service innovations and improve patient engagement

Transforming Health at primary care level across Sub-Saharan Africa

38 primary healthcare leaders embarked on a life-changing journey of leadership & innovation by joining the Strategic Innovation for Community Health program in Nairobi, Kenya. This partnership with INSEAD has empowered participants with innovative tools and methods to take a more active role in strengthening health systems.

Watch the video for more insights into the program

Driving Innovation in Community Health

The 2016 Strategic Innovation for Community Health program took place in Abu Dhabi from 11-16 November. Watch this video to find out what some of the participants thought about the program, what they learnt and how they will implement their new innovation skills and knowledge in their day-to-day work.

Read more

Learnings from the 2017 Strategic Innovation for Community Health

Gloria Havyarimana is an alumna of the 2017 Strategic Innovation for Community Health (STICH) program offered by Johnson & Johnson in partnership with INSEAD. As the Burundi Country Director for LifeNet International, Gloria had to learn to embrace change herself in order to lead her team to innovate and see their work at LifeNet differently.

Watch Gloria's video
Application and Dates:

Next Program
12 – 16 November 2018

Who can apply?
The program is designed for individuals from public or private sectors and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who strive to improve health in their communities and who want to have a real impact on the populations they serve. It is aimed at people faced with the challenge of developing new approaches for better health care service design and delivery in the community setting.

Successful candidates will have been trained as doctors, nurses, health educators or other health professionals who have subsequently become senior or high-potential managers in healthcare delivery organisations. Participants will typically:

  • Be senior or high-potential managers in healthcare services
  • Have 3 to 8 years of management experience
  • Be considered by their organisations to be capable of occupying positions of increased responsibility, particularly with respect

How to apply
Download and complete the application form and return to INSEAD.

Download Program Brochure [PDF]
Download Application Form [Word]

You can learn more about STICH on the INSEAD website.


American Express: Travel Service Partner 2017

“We at American Express are delighted to support the STICH scholarship for a second year, we believe it represents a wonderful opportunity to give to a very deserved cause and develop great people and provide opportunities they may well not receive for the great partnerships that contribute. A huge thank you to the team on the ground making this happen, its truly inspiring, we’re glad to be a very small part to initiate and support in whatever way we can contribute.”

Lisa McKenzie, Vice President, Global Healthcare & Pharmaceutical American Express