Cedars-Sinai Community Clinic Initiative: Managing to Leading Program

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The Cedars-Sinai Community Clinic Initiative: Managing to Leading Program is a transformative leadership development program for mid-level clinicians, administrators, and other non-clinical staff from eligible community clinics in Los Angeles. The program equips leaders with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to effectively lead change and improve health care in today’s complex and uncertain environment.

The Managing to Leading Program utilizes Healthforce Center’s trusted leadership curriculum, specifically tailored to the needs of Los Angeles’ community health centers and includes:

  • Interactive, experiential in-person seminars to deepen knowledge and skills while fostering meaningful relationships
  • A focus on application and practice, including an applied learning component that emphasizes using analytic skills to identify, understand, and solve pain points within one’s own organization
  • Facilitated peer coaching to deepen self- awareness and make progress towards personal development goals
  • Entry into a robust alumni network upon completion of the program

What is Management Leadership Training?

Management leadership training is a process of individual discovery and transformation. It can involve coaching and peer network groups that develop participants’ competencies in leadership skills, strategic thinking, business acumen, relationship management, data-driven decision-making and more.

Why is a Leadership Training Program for Managers Important?

We believe that leadership is the driving force for change, yet many health professionals have not had the opportunities to fully develop their leadership and management skills. Evidence shows that investments in leadership equip leaders to drive strategy, navigate the shifting policy landscape and improve financial performance of their organizations.

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Our Approach

We believe leadership development is a process of individual discovery and transformation. Managing to Leading accelerates this transformation process through a leadership model centered around four key areas  – Purpose, Process, Personal, and People. The program’s goals are to:

  • 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


Managing to Leading incorporates a suite of programmatic elements proven to drive results:

Three in-person seminars (eight days total) that increase participants’ knowledge and skills through interactive, experiential learning and field-specific content held in Los Angeles (overnight accommodations will be provided).

Leadership Development Goals
Individualized leadership development goals informed by psychometric and qualitative assessments, peer coaching, and program feedback.

Applied Learning
Participants will be taught to 1) define a problem to be solved based on observation and analysis, 2) develop hypotheses about potential solutions, 3) test and refine the hypotheses by gathering input from those impacted by the planned change, and 4) communicate the proposed solution to stakeholders before implementation.

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

Peer Coaching (Pods)
Facilitated peer coaching in small groups to deepen self-awareness and make progress towards personal development goals.

Alumni Network
Opportunities during and 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.

How to Apply

The application period is now closed. Please contact Marie Hubbard if you would like to be notified when applications open for the next cohort.

Who Should Apply

Mid-level clinicians, administrators, and other non-clinical staff who work in eligible clinics in Los Angeles and 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.

Managing to Leading will accept up to 30 individuals total. Multiple individuals may be accepted from a clinic. 

Clinic Eligibility

The program is limited to individuals from clinics in Service Planning Areas (SPAs) 2, 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

Full list of eligible clinics

Applicants who do not find their organization on this list should contact Marie Hubbard to determine if they are eligible.

Participant Expectations

Managing to Leading participants agree to fully engage in all aspects of the program. Specifically, participants agree to:

  • Personally and actively participate in all program activities, including three 2 to 3-day seminars (8 days total) and an alumni network upon completion of the program.
  • Arrive promptly for early morning sessions and participate in evening activities held during seminars. Overnight lodging (covered by Cedars-Sinai) is required to alleviate traffic and transportation concerns.  
  • Commit to working up to four hours weekly, during regular work hours, 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.
  • Commit to working during regular work hours to complete assignments associated with the Applied Learning Project (Note: Project assignments will be specific to each participant and the amount of time needed to complete them should be negotiated with supervisors).
  • Develop and track leadership development goals with supervisors and engage in regular conversations about professional growth.
  • Secure employer sponsorship and release time during the regular work week to attend seminars and engage in program work. Two letters of recommendation from the CEO/Executive Director and an additional professional reference are required in the application stage.
  • Participate in all seminar and overall evaluations of the program.
  • Permit UCSF and Cedars-Sinai to include one’s name, organizational information, biographical sketch, photo, audio, and video image in informational and promotional materials pertaining to the Community Clinic Initiative and Healthforce Center at UCSF.

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

For questions regarding the application or other program details, please contact Marie Hubbard.

    We are located at Healthforce Center at UCSF, the leading source for research insights into the evolving health care workforce and for pioneering training programs that empower leaders to navigate change. In partnership with the Cedars-Sinai Community Benefit Giving Office, the Managing to Leading program equips leaders with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to effectively lead change and improve health care in today's complex and uncertain environment.

    Contact Information

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

    Program Team

    Tania Condon
    Associate Director of Leadership
    Email Tania
    (415) 502-4344

    Marie Hubbard
    Program Manager, Leadership Development
    Email Marie
    (415) 476-1662

    Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP
    Email Sunita


    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.   

    Launched in 2015, Cedars-Sinai's Community Clinic Initiative includes programs to strengthen leadership and effectiveness in community health centers, as well as grants to help clinics transform. Focused on SPAs 2, 4, 5, 6, and select areas of SPA 8, the goals of the initiative are to:

    • Provide more opportunity for the region's clinics to build on their effectiveness
    • Equip community clinic leaders to better meet the demands of a rapidly changing landscape
    • Strengthen the skills and knowledge of community clinic professionals at all levels to further develop leadership
    • Enable the region's clinics to better compete for state and federal grants

    Featured Testimonial

    Leticia Lozano, LVN, alum of Cedars-Sinai Managing to Leading Program
    I learned to work smarter, not harder. I learned to actively listen, and ask staff questions to lead them to their own solutions.
    Leticia Lozano, LVN
    Health Center Manager, The Achievable Foundation
    Cedars-Sinai Managing to Leading Program Alum
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