Q&A: Health Care Not Immune to Gender Discrimination

Each day seems to bring a new story of sexual harassment or abuse of power in workplaces across sectors: Government, entertainment and tech. With a glaring physician pay gap, and countless examples of unconscious bias, health care cannot claim immunity from this disturbing trend. Healthforce Center at UCSF Director Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, recently shared her thoughts on this issue. 

Q: How would you characterize gender discrimination in the health care workforce? What does it look like?

Health Leaders Must Plan for the Next Disaster

by Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP

I arrived at Lawrence Cook Middle School, an emergency evacuation center in Santa Rosa several days after wildfires devastated communities across Northern California. The vastness of the devastation can be represented by numbers: 42 lives lost, 84,000 structures destroyed, nearly 200,000 acres burned, more than $1 billion lost and thousands of people displaced. But, the individual stories, both sad and heartwarming, were even more poignant for me:

Leadership Training Teaches Valuable Lessons, Says UCSF Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Dan Lowenstein, MD, UCSF’s executive vice chancellor and provost, has served in many leadership roles including director of the UCSF Epilepsy Center, dean of medical education at Harvard Medical School and president of the American Epilepsy Society. Despite this career trajectory, he had never undergone formal leadership training until last year when he reached out to Healthforce Center. We spoke with Lowenstein about his experiences and related insights.

Q: Why did you decide to do leadership training?

Q&A: Community Clinic Initiative Touches Many Lives

Healthforce Center recently spoke with Thelma Rodriguez who is the clinic manager at Belmont Wellness Center- Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc. and an alum of the Cedars-Sinai Managing to Leading Program. She shared her motivation for working in community health, her insights about our program and advice for potential applicants.

Q: Tell me about your background. How did you get involved with community health centers?

My Leadership Philosophy

by Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP

While aggressive strongmen leaders seem to be making a comeback on the world stage, there are alternative approaches to leadership including the one I embody.

After nearly two decades of teaching, mentoring and managing, my leadership style and philosophy have evolved. I now know that leadership can be defined and practiced in many ways. Below are seven tenets about leadership that are true to me and the organization I lead, Healthforce Center at UCSF.

CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Accepting Applications

Are you a health leader who wants leadership training in California?

Time is running out to apply for the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program. Applications are due June 30, 2017.

Healthforce Center Celebrates 25 Years of Transforming Health Care

For 25 years Healthforce Center at UCSF has been developing leaders, disseminating policy-driven research and helping health care professionals across the country navigate change. In 2017, navigating change is more important than ever as health leaders face significant opportunities, and ambiguity, in today’s rapidly shifting health care environment:

The Importance of Why

by Healthforce Center at UCSF Director Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP

In 2017, health care organizations face great uncertainty about funding for health care and the ability to sustain coverage and access for large numbers of people.

Making it Through the Wilderness with Leadership Training

By Maile Richardson

“Wandering around in the wilderness.” That’s how Teresa Simms, regional director of operations at North County Health Services, described her early experiences as a health care leader before she joined Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI) Emerging Leaders, a leadership training in healthcare program.

Since its launch in 2008, CLI has driven efforts to cultivate the leadership pipeline in California’s community health centers.