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 Leadership Program is Accepting Apps

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

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.

Leadership Program Spurs Transformation in Physician

Healthforce Center’s leadership development programs help leaders navigate change – and improve patient outcomes – through a process of individual transformation.

Stanford University Professor Alan Glaseroff, MD, alum of one of our first leadership development cohorts, experienced that transformation during the California Health Care Foundation Health Care (CHCF) Leadership Program:

Health Leader Takes on Opioid Crisis

Candy Stockton, MD, a fellow in our 15th cohort of the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program, uses the lessons learned and network of colleagues from our leadership development program to address one of the most urgent issues in health care: the opioid crisis.

Her story, which was featured in the California Health Care Foundation blog, chronicles her move from a middle class area of Southern California to rural and impoverished Shasta County, an area heavily impacted by opioid addiction.

Executive Leadership Program Announces New Cohort

We're proud to introduce future health care leaders of America, the 6th cohort of the Clinic Leadership Institute's (CLI) New Executive Transitions program (nEXt). Recognized for their commitment to California's underserved and readiness to embark upon a path that will enhance their leadership capacity, six executive leaders from safety net organizations across the state have been selected to participate in nEXt.

Aiming to Make California the Healthiest State

Could California become the healthiest state in the nation by 2022?

That is the goal of Let’s Get Healthy California, a public-private initiative started in 2012 with the purpose of advancing the triple-aim, promoting health equity and leveraging innovation through collective impact.