Executive Health Care Leadership Institute

IHCA’s Executive Health Care Leadership Institute is custom designed for post-acute care providers.
Thank you to our presenting sponsors, Consonus Pharmacy and Right Dose Pharmacy.

Unlike other leadership training programs, this program is custom built for those who work in the post-acute care profession. It includes the leadership fundamentals you need to lead others and the specific technical skills in demand in post-acute care settings. Whether you are new to your leadership role and are looking for tips to get started, or you have been a leader for a while and looking for new strategies to navigate today’s ever-evolving environment, the IHCA Executive Health Care Leadership Institute is for you!

This program includes a mix of in-person and live digital sessions that you can attend in the comfort of your own home or office. During the 2024-2025 program, attendees of the leadership institute will participate in a quality improvement project. Applications are now open for the 2024-2025 program. Click here to apply today. Click here to view an informational flyer.


Jerald Cosey, HFA

Jerald Cosey HFA, founder of J.Cosey Speaks, brings over a decade of experience as a licensed HFA and senior health care operational leader, merging his extensive background in pharmaceutical sales leadership with a passion for advancing senior health care through mindset and skillset development as a speaker, consultant, author and trainer/coach.

Brenda Irlbeck, MSN, MBA, RN

Brenda Irlbeck, VP, Quality Improvement and Regulatory Compliance, is a resource to IHCA members regarding issues related to quality improvement, regulatory compliance and clinical practice in post-acute care settings. Brenda is a registered nurse, certified assisted living manager and a former director of nursing in a continuing care retirement community with many years of provider experience. Her current responsibilities include assisting IHCA members in navigating and resolving complex and timely issues and developing and coordinating programs to monitor, evaluate and improve clinical services, patient care and regulatory compliance in member facilities.


Key program topics:

  • Defining Your Leadership Philosophy
  • Crafting Your Teachable Point of View
  • Communicating Your Vision
  • Building Trust Within Your Team
  • Embracing Continuous Growth
  • Personalized Quality Improvement

Quality improvement project

  • During the 2024-2025 program, attendees of the leadership institute will participate in a quality improvement project.


This scholarship, made possible by Iowa Total Care, is for leaders at IHCA, ICAL and ICHC member organizations interested in attending the IHCA Executive Leadership Institute program. This program is specially designed for leaders who work in long-term care and includes the leadership fundamentals necessary to lead others and the specific technical skills in demand in long-term care settings. Nine scholarships will be offered to provide for the $1,500 registration fee to participate in the IHCA Executive Leadership Institute. Applications are now open. Click here to learn more.

Scholarship criteria and information
Applicants for this scholarship must meet all the criteria listed below to qualify: 

  • Work for an IHCA member nursing facility, continuing care retirement community, assisted living program, residential care facility, independent senior living community or home health agency in good standing at the time of application and at the time the scholarship is awarded.
  • Have current supervisory authority or be in training for future anticipated supervisory duties, as approved/confirmed by their manager.
  • Submit a complete application form, including a 500-word essay, resume and letter of recommendation.

Scholarship award process 

  • The IHCA Foundation Board of Directors and IHCA Vice President of Quality Improvement and Regulatory Compliance will judge qualified applications.
  • Recipients will be notified of the results by the end of July.
  • Awarded scholarship funds are placed in the care of the recipient with IHCA for use for the IHCA Executive Leadership Institute. The program must be completed by the end of July 2025.


2024-2025 Schedule

CEUs + registration fee

  • Program provides opportunity to earn up to 30.0 CEUs
  • Registration fee is $1,500 for one individual or $2,500 for two individuals for the same organization

Thank you to our presenting sponsors:

Consonus logo   


For questions and additional information, contact IHCA’s Brenda Irlbeck at brenda@iowahealthcare.org or 515-978-2204.