Some Doctors Flee the System, Choosing Direct Primary Care

San Francisco's national public radio station, KQED News, recently reported on the rise of direct primary care, a growing model that gives physicians an alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing, by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee. 

Healthforce Alumnus Named Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation

The California Health Care Foundation has named licensed psychologist and behavioral health executive Peter Currie senior vice president of program strategy and innovation. He will begin at the foundation on Aug.1.

California Nurse Practitioners Lose Battle For Independent Practice, Again

A proposed bill to give California's nurse practitioners (NPs) more independence has fizzled for the year, according to Kaiser Health News.

One Physician's Leadership Journey

A California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) article featuring Geoffrey Leung, MD, EdM, describes the transformative experience he's had with our CHCF Health Care Leadership Program.

Safety Net Workers Embark on Leadership Journeys

This March, the ninth cohort of Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders launched in Tiburon, California. Over the next 18 months, participants will learn, share and grow into leaders who will help bring community health centers into the future.

Since 2007, CLI's Emerging Leaders program has produced more than 200 trained leaders across the state. 

Joining this distinguished group of alumni are this year's Emerging Leaders:

North Coast:

Job Market Lures More Physician Assistants to Specialties Over Primary Care (Medical XPress)

The job market is luring more physician assistants, or PAs, to jobs in specialty care rather than primary care practices such as family medicine and general pediatrics, according to new research from Duke Health and Healthforce Center Postdoctoral Research Scholar Kristine Himmerick, PhD. 

Yearlong Community Clinic Initiative, "Managing to Leading," Kicks Off at Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is sponsoring an intensive leadership development program for local community clinic managers, hoping to prepare a pipeline of leaders well-equipped to guide their organizations through a challenging new healthcare landscape.

The 29 participants in the "Managing to Leading" program will create and execute high-value organizational projects designed to improve their clinics' effectiveness in improving the health of the community.

S.F. General Hospital Appoints California Health Care Foundation Program Graduate as CEO

Following an extensive nationwide search, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital named Susan P. Ehrlich, MD, MPP as the new chief executive officer of the city’s only trauma center and primary safety net hospital.

Dr. Ehrlich graduated from the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Program in 2009. She comes to Zuckerberg San Francisco General from the San Mateo Medical Center, where she most recently served as its chief executive officer, from 2009 to present.

Introducing Healthforce Center at UCSF

UCSF's student newspaper Synapse covered Healthforce Center's identity and website launch: 

On Thursday, Jan. 28, the Center for the Health Professions at UCSF will officially have a new name: Healthforce Center at UCSF.