CAHME/The Joint Commission Fellowship Award for Advancing Sustainable Health Care

The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and The Joint Commission recognize that sustainability, a well-educated workforce, and healthcare quality & safety have a broad and all-encompassing impact on the health of the community.

The Joint Commission in collaboration with CAHME created a fellowship unlike any other. This one-year fellowship is awarded to a student who will graduate from a CAHME Accredited or Certified program, and who demonstrates the commitment to sustainability, quality and safety, and process improvement.



  • Student in CAHME Accredited or Certified Program
  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without employer sponsorship.

What You Need to Apply

  • Resume
  • University Program Director Letter of Recommendation (if your Program Director wants to submit directly to CAHME, please upload a document on the required section stating the LOR was sent directly).
  • Professional Letter of Recommendation

Application Essay Questions

The nomination consists of six essays of no more than 100 words (limit to 500 characters) each.

  1. Describe how accreditation serves to ensure and enhance healthcare quality.
  2. Discuss an example from your academic or extracurricular experiences where you demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability. Explain the specific actions you took, the impact they had, and how this commitment aligns with promoting high-quality healthcare that is environmentally responsible.
  3. Describe a specific instance where you demonstrated leadership characteristics, for example, leading study groups, or initiating and managing a project. Provide details about your role, the goals or objectives of the project, the challenges you encountered, and the results or outcomes achieved.
  4. How have your volunteer activities contributed to improving the well-being of others. Include how they have had a meaningful impact, both on those you served and on your own personal development.
  5. Describe a research project you conducted during your master’s program that relates to healthcare quality and safety, sustainability, and/or process improvement. Optional to include PDF or a link to the research project.
  6. What are your primary goals and expectations for your one-year experience at the Joint Commission, particularly in terms of gaining a deeper appreciation of accreditation, its role in supporting healthcare quality and safety, as well as its connection to sustainability efforts within healthcare?

Award Includes

  • One-year paid fellowship (with benefits)
  • One complimentary ticket to the CAHME Awards Ceremony on March 24, 2024, at ACHE Congress
  • One complimentary ticket to ACHE Congress
  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • 2-night hotel stay
  • Recognition on CAHME’s website and social media

2024 Fellow Award Recipient

Congratulations to Sadie Joba, student at t Rush University, MS in Health Systems Management Program! 

For More Information:

Dana Alexander, MHA
Communications and Engagement Manager
301-298-1820 ext. 6