Cedars-Sinai Community Clinic Initiative: Managing to Leading Program

In partnership with Cedars-Sinai, Healthforce Center is offering a new leadership program for early career professionals from community health centers in Los Angeles. This transformative 12-month program is designed to accelerate their transition from managing to leading. 

More demands are being placed on community clinic leadership than ever before. Many clinics find that while team members have sufficient technical skills and mission focus, they may lack the experience and confidence to help their organization navigate the challenging healthcare landscape.

The Managing to Leading Program utilizes the Healthforce Center’s trusted leadership curriculum, specifically tailored to the needs of the Los Angeles region’s clinics. At the completion of the formal program, individuals also will have access to a robust alumni network.

Program Goals

The purpose of this 12-month customized leadership development program for community clinic leaders in Los Angeles is to equip participants with the competencies, experiences, and professional networks necessary to effect significant change within themselves and their organizations. The program is devoted to developing leadership in Los Angeles County’s community clinics and empowering these leaders to be effective in a complex and rapidly changing health care system.  Other key program goals include: 

  • Increase participants’ confidence and skills 
  • Increase health centers’ organizational capacity and effectiveness 
  • Build and activate a robust network of leaders who can collectively accelerate change among community health centers in Los Angeles

Program Structure

The Managing to Leading model for leadership development is comprised of the following elements:

10 in-person days that increase participants’ knowledge and skills through interactive, experiential learning and field-specific content; offsite in Los Angeles during 2016.

Personal Development Plans 
Individual leadership development plans informed by psychometric assessments, executive coaching, and staff/faculty feedback.

Intersession Work
Focused on application and practice and advancing project work; conducted within organization.

Organizational projects to enable participants to implement newly acquired skills while improving organizational effectiveness and outcomes.

Small, peer networking groups that facilitate network connections, learning, and support.

Executive Coaching
Up to 4-hours of one-on-one professional leadership coaching to be completed while in the program.

Alumni Network
Opportunities after the program to strengthen and leverage connections among alumni and across clinics, including exposure to a wider network of alumni of Healthforce Center’s health care leadership programs.

The Managing to Leading curriculum is designed to develop leadership competence in its participants. We use a multi-faceted approach to deliver the curriculum:

  • Knowledge acquisition (didactics, readings, etc.)
  • Experiential simulation (role plays, case studies, etc.)
  • Application (the project)
  • Reflection and feedback (learning group - pod)

 Over course of program period, the curriculum will cover the following topics:

Seminar 1: Leadership Foundations

  • Building Self-Awareness: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment
  • 360° Feedback
  • Transition from Contributor to Leader
  • Problem Solving and Project Leader

Seminar 2: Operational Intelligence & Working “Smart"

  • Affordable Care Act
  • Health Care Economics
  • Understanding Financial Statements
  • HR Management for Supervisors
  • Working Smarter, Not Harder

Seminar 3: Leading Teams and Working Through Others

  • Conflict Management
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Effective Communication
  • Delegation
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback

Seminar 4: Charting a Path for Lifelong Learning and Development

  • Work-Life Integration
  • Improvisation and Risk-Taking
  • Personal Mission Development
  • Activating the Managing to Leading Alumni Network


  • January 2016: Introductory webinars and pre-work
  • February 17-19, 2016: Seminar 1
  • May 19-21, 2016: Seminar 2
  • August 25-26, 2016: Seminar 3
  • November 10-11, 2016: Seminar 4

All seminars will be held at the Cedars-Sinai campus in Los Angeles. Participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of overnight lodging compliments of Cedars-Sinai.  


Clinicians, administrators, and other non-clinical staff who are just beginning their journey of leading are welcome to apply.

The program is intended for individuals who are:

  • managing or supervising others;
  • transitioning from doing to leading;
  • planning and overseeing the work of others; or
  • increasingly tasked with complex projects or initiatives that involve multiple people or departments.

The program will accept up to 30 individuals total. Multiple individuals may be accepted from each clinic. Applications are now available!

Clinic Eligibility

The program is limited to individuals from clinics in Service Planning Areas (SPAs) 4, 5, 6, and targeted ZIP codes in SPA 8: Inglewood (90301, 90302, 90303, 90304) and Lennox (90304). In addition, clinics should be Section 330 health centers or Look-Alikes

Participant Expectations

Managing to Leading participants agree to fully engage in all aspects of this 12-month program. Specifically, participants agree to:

  • Personally and actively participate in all program activities, including four 2 to 3 day seminars (10 days total) mostly held on weekdays.
  • Arrive promptly for early morning sessions and participate in evening activities held during seminars. Overnight lodging (covered by Cedars-Sinai) is strongly encouraged to alleviate traffic and transportation concerns.   
  • Commit to working an average of three hours weekly on further study and learning experiences, such as reading articles, using web-based tools, and participating in conference calls and/or meetings with other participants.
  • Develop and track leadership development goals.
  • Develop and implement a leadership project.
  • Secure clinic/employer sponsorship, to include release time during the regular work week to attend seminars.
  • Participate in evaluation of the program.
  • Permit UCSF and Cedars-Sinai to include one’s name, title, organizational biosketch, photo, audio and video image in informational and promotional materials.

Cedars-Sinai’s sponsorship covers most costs, including educational materials, lodging, and most meals at seminars. Participants are asked to cover incidental travel costs for attending seminars. 

  • January 2016: Introductory webinars and pre-work
  • February 17-19, 2016: Seminar 1
  • May 19-21, 2016: Seminar 2
  • August 25-26, 2016: Seminar 3
  • November 10-11, 2016: Seminar 4

All seminars will be held at the Cedars-Sinai campus in Los Angeles. Participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of overnight lodging compliments of Cedars-Sinai. 

For more information contact: 

Alleysha Mullen
Leadership Development Manager
Email Alleysha

Contact Information

Cedars-Sinai Community Clinic Initiative: Managing to Leading Program 
Healthforce Center at UCSF
3333 California Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94143

Alleysha Mullen
Leadership Development Manager  
Email Alleysha
(415) 476-1859

Dylan Ginoza
Leadership Development Associate
Email Dylan
(415) 502-2158

Catina Swift
Senior Manager, Leadership Development
Email Catina
(415) 502-4344

Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP
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As part of its fourfold mission, Cedars-Sinai is committed to improving the health and healthcare options for underserved areas in the Los Angeles region. The Cedars-Sinai Community Benefit Giving Office was established in 2013 to develop strategic, high-impact philanthropy aligned with the community’s needs. The office regularly designs and implements multiple grant initiatives to address health challenges identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment. The Community Clinic Initiative is one of these projects.   

Cedars-Sinai Community Clinic Initiative: This initiative works to strengthen the region’s healthcare safety net by enhancing leadership and effectiveness at community clinics in SPAs 4, 5, 6, and select areas of SPA 8. Projects are designed to ensure overall clinic success and sustainability.  The Community Clinic Initiative consists of programs led by Healthforce Center at UCSF, the Institute for High Quality Care and the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County