Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Pledges Program Support to Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

June 17, 2020

VHHA Makes Five-Year Partnership Commitment to Help Sorensen Continue Important, Bipartisan Work of Training Future Political Leaders in the Commonwealth, Including Virginia Health Care Professionals

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) has made a pledge to support training programs and future participants enrolled in the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. The commitment covers a five-year period spanning 2020-2024. In the years ahead, VHHA’s support will help Sorensen train future political leaders, including those working in the health care sector, and educate program participants about the intricacies of health care policy.

“Sorensen has a proven track record as a bipartisan training ground, which is particularly important in our present, highly-polarized times,” said VHHA President and CEO Sean T. Connaughton, a 1995 graduate of the Sorensen Institute. “Now more than ever it is critical to encourage good people to seek public office and to prepare them for the challenges of that service. This includes people with health care training who can help formulate effective response strategies when public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 global pandemic unexpectedly arise. VHHA is proud to support Sorensen in its work to train the future leaders of Virginia.”

“The Sorensen Institute is excited about its partnership with VHHA,” added Sorensen Institute Director Lawrence “Larry” Roberts. “Our programs will benefit from the participation of health care professionals from across the Commonwealth as well as support for our health care policy programming and promoting effective leadership in politics and governing. The health care sector is a vibrant and vital part of Virginia’s economy and health outcomes. VHHA’s mission fits well with Sorensen’s mission of public leadership, community impact, and working in a bipartisan manner to find solutions to challenging problems.”

The Sorensen Institute is a distinguished program that for more than 25 years has been involved in training aspiring leaders from high school age participants, mid-career professionals, and those planning to run for public office. More than 2,200 people from both major political parties and political independents have completed Sorensen programs over the years, including Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, 27 current members of the Virginia General Assembly, and dozens of local elected officials. To learn more about the new partnership between VHHA and the Sorensen Institute, listen to a discussion with Sean Connaughton and Larry Roberts featured on a new episode of VHHA’s Patients Come First podcast.

About VHHA: The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is an alliance of 110 hospitals and 26 health delivery systems that develops and advocates for sound health care policy in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to achieve excellence in both health care and health. Its vision is through the power of collaboration to be recognized as a driving force behind making Virginia the healthiest state in the nation. Connect with VHHA through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


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