Desautels students are behind some of the most significant social initiatives.
Myriam Fournier-Tombs, IMHL’17
Having graduated from the International Masters for Health Leadership program at the Desautels Faculty of Management, Myriam Fournier-Tombs is an osteopath by profession. Her final impact project for the program was to develop a community clinic integrated health model for vulnerable homeless communities. She collaborated with a local Montreal-based women’s shelter, Chez Doris, to bring integrative healthcare to those who were underserved by the current system.
Integrative health care combines the distinct services of multiple practitioners through cross-sector collaboration. Myriam designed this model with the aim of reducing health inequities, empowering vulnerable women to define and share their own clinic and health services, as well as encourage frontline professionals to make meaningful change in their community. In so doing, another goal that emerged was to find cost-effective solutions to integrate in a long-term governmental health strategy that promotes happier and healthier communities.
The social impact component of the IMHL is intended to catalyse change in a participant’s organization and community. It allows learning application in real time and enables students to design needs-based dynamic solutions for a specific community that address the challenges faced in each students’ respective work environment.
The IMHL program is designed for experienced working professionals in all areas of healthcare. The program integrates traditional disciplines such as finance, strategy, and organizational structure and behaviour into students’ managerial mindsets, maintaining a continuous focus on healthcare leadership and management.