Leadership Alum's Project Continues to Bear Fruit (and Vegetables)

As a fellow in the  CHCF Health Care Leadership Program, Dr. Wei An Lee, an endocrinologist at Los Angeles County+University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center, developed a medical innovation incubator that aimed to reduce the fragmented care so commonly received by patients with chronic disease. His project contributed to the establishment of a weekly farmers market featured in the video below. 

The farmers market is open to staff, patients and the community at large.

California Improvement Network Announces New Partner Organizations

Seventeen health care organizations have been selected as partners for the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF)’s California Improvement Network (CIN). Collectively, these organizations serve or support more than 20.6 million patients across the state – more than half the population of California.

Slow But Steady: The Growing Numbers of Men Who Choose Nursing

CHCF Health Care Leadership Program fellow Sergio Camarillo, MBA, MS, RN, decided he wanted to be a physical therapist after he learned about the profession at a career day in high school. While taking prerequisite courses for physical therapy in college, he became friends with a man who planned a career in a different health care field: Nursing.

“At the time, that struck me as odd because I saw nursing as a predominately female profession,” Camarillo said.

Exec Leadership Program to have New Cohort

This month, the country’s largest pharmacy, CVS, bought one of the largest insurance companies, Aetna, as part of a $69 billion deal. Though mergers and acquisitions in the commercial sector far outpace those in the safety net and have very different outcomes, health center consolidation will continue at a slow but steady pace, according to Bobbie Wunsch, a partner with Pacific Health Consulting Group and an expert in the restructuring and financing of healthcare delivery organizations, primarily safety net providers.

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

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.