What is the Health Innovators Fellowship?

The Health Innovators Fellowship aims to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the U.S. health care ecosystem and to inspire and challenge them to create new approaches that will improve the health and well-being of all Americans. The Aspen Institute launched the Fellowship in 2015 in partnership with Prisma Health (formerly known as Greenville Health System).

The Fellows

The Fellowship is designed for highly successful leaders in U.S. health care who have reached a point in their lives when they are ready to pause and reflect on how to use their skills and experiences to move from “success to significance.” The Fellowship offers them a unique opportunity to broaden their perspectives and connect with and learn from a diverse group of peers with whom they may not ordinarily interact. Fellows come from a variety of industries and sectors, e.g., medicine, the life sciences, health insurance, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotech, mental health, government, public health, health care systems, medical equipment, venture capital, and veterans’ health.  
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The Fellowship

The Fellowship is a unique mix of text-based seminars, a leadership venture of each Fellow’s choosing, and a lifelong connection to one’s class and the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Fellows go into retreat for four seminars of six to seven days each over a two-year period; seminars are moderated by trained and experienced moderators. Fellows commit to attending all four seminars in their entirety.  
  1. The Challenge of Leadership: a six-day seminar focusing on the qualities of leadership necessary to master the forces of change. Fellows discuss their own leadership challenges and develop criteria for effective, enlightened leadership. 
  2. The Aspen Seminar: a seven-day seminar that gives Fellows the opportunity to explore the concept of “the good society” and their leadership role in making it a reality.  
  3. Leading with Values in Health Care: a six-day seminar designed specifically for the Health Innovators Fellowship that explores values in tension in effective, enlightened leadership in the health care sector. 
  4. The Promise of Leadership: a six-day seminar in which Fellows explore the concepts of legacy and life balance and share the challenges encountered and lessons learned from their leadership ventures.

The Fellowship Team

Rima Cohen, Executive Director
Rima joined the Aspen Institute in 2015 to launch and direct the Health Innovators Fellowship. She previously worked as a Counselor to the Secretary of HHS in the Obama Administration, as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Director of Health, as a Senior Health Advisor in the U.S. Senate, and as a Vice President at the Greater New York Hospital Foundation.

Emily Rubenstein, Program Associate
​Emily joined the Aspen Institute in 2017 to support the Health Innovators Fellowship. She previously worked in the education sector and focused on educational assessment and research at the American Institutes for Research.


Shannon Ricchetti, Program Coordinator
​Shannon joined the Aspen Institute's Health Innovators Fellowship in 2018. She previously worked as a Research Associate for the Organization of American Historians, specializing in landscape architecture and urban development.