CHLM Transition Frequently Asked Questions


What is CHLM?

CHLM stands for the Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management and was started six years ago by AAPA. The division offered a wide range of professional development resources to foster PA and NP leadership and management in the healthcare setting. It also hosted the annual Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) and Employer of Excellence Awards. CHLM has provided a tremendous framework for supporting PA and NP leadership, one that will continue as these products become part of the AAPA brand.


Why is AAPA retiring the CHLM brand?

Although CHLM was instrumental in building a leadership training program for PAs and NPs, awareness of the CHLM brand with most PAs, NPs, and employers remained low, even after years of quality programming. Low brand awareness constrained growth and impact, particularly with regards to PA employers. CHLM’s focus on healthcare leadership development as well as outreach and advocacy with employers remains central to AAPA’s strategy. We believe sunsetting the CHLM division and brand and elevating these strategies with the full support of AAPA’s brand and staff team will result in greater impact going forward.

AAPA appreciates all the hard work of PA leaders who contributed to CHLM and will honor those contributions by continuing its mission of providing PAs, NPs, and employers with strategic and operational guidance, enabling peak provider optimization. AAPA also recognizes the committed and loyal CHLM customers, and will continue to provide relevant and timely leadership and management products to support their ongoing career advancement through AAPA’s Career Central and Events webpages.


When will the transition take place?

CHLM-branded products will begin transitioning to AAPA’s website in mid-May 2020 and be completed by the end of 2020.


What will happen to the CHLM programs like Executive Leadership Conference, the Degree Pathways Program and ACHE/CHLM Leadership Institute?

These CHLM programs will be rebranded as AAPA Leadership and Management Training programs and will continue to be offered in-person and on AAPA’s Career Central and Events webpages.

The next Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) will be held November 16-18, 2020, in the Washington, D.C., area. The 3-day event helps participants refine healthcare leadership competencies, learn how to lead through crisis, gather tools to represent their work as a leader, improve workforce revenue generation, and much more.

AAPA will continue to offer the five Degree Pathways in conjunction with their academic partners. These programs were created for PAs and NPs seeking an advanced healthcare degree with an emphasis on leadership.

Program enrollment and completion requirements remain the same and will not be affected by the CHLM transition:

  • Complete eight prerequisite online courses (two core and six electives) at a 10% discount.
  • Matriculate to an eligible graduate program with one of AAPA’s academic partners.
  • If eligible, receive a tuition discount on the cost of the graduate program.
  • Complete the certificate, master’s, or doctoral programs offered through Arizona State.
  • University, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, The George Washington University, University of Colorado Denver, and University of Lynchburg.

The ACHE/CHLM Leadership Institute will become the ACHE/AAPA Leadership Institute. This convenient online continuing education helps PAs and NPs who are currently in a supervisory role earn 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits toward their FACHE credentialing. It includes intensive education on topics like:

  • Critical Factors of Clinical Leadership for APPs
  • Evaluating Your PA/NP Workforce: 6 Essential Elements
  • Engagement and Burnout
  • Continuous Process Improvement in Leadership
  • Using Telehealth to Achieve the Quadruple Aim

Program enrollment and completion requirements remain the same and will not be affected by the CHLM transition.


What will happen to the Employer of Excellence Awards?

The Employer of Excellence awards program will continue and award branding will shift from CHLM to AAPA this year. The current cycle of applications for the 2020-21 Employer of Excellence awards is proceeding as planned and award recipients will be announced in June 2020. Since AAPA Conference in Nashville was canceled due to COVID-19, the winners will be awarded at AAPA Conference 2021.


What about the online courses?

CHLM’s one-hour online courses can still be found in AAPA’s Career Central and CME Catalog. In addition, CHLM’s webinars and presentations will still be available via Leadership on Demand. All courses and presentations focus on leadership development topics such as PA/NP utilization, billing and reimbursement, compliance, leadership, metrics, and advocacy. These activities quickly enhance management skills when lengthier degree programs are not possible or desired.


What if I am in the middle of completing a CHLM online course during this transition?

This transition will not affect any existing coursework and/or transcript records. CHLM online courses are completed via AAPA’s Learning Central, which is linked to each user’s AAPA ID number. If you experience any issues, please contact [email protected].


What will happen to CHLM’s social media accounts on LinkedIn and Twitter?

We will be closing CHLM’s LinkedIn and Twitter accounts mid-May. We encourage CHLM followers to follow AAPA as we are committed to sharing the same valuable content regarding leadership products and services in our core social channels: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter using the handle @AAPAorg.


Who is the contact for any speaking or teaching opportunities that otherwise may have existed with CHLM?

To be considered as a presenter for AAPA Conference, please submit a request during AAPA’s Call for Presentations this summer. Interested presenters for the Executive Leadership Conference can email [email protected].


Who is the contact for any additional questions?

Please email [email protected].