Cedars-Sinai Community Clinic Initiative: Managing to Leading Program

Healthcare leaders smiling during Healthforce Center's leadership training program for managers.

In partnership with Cedars-Sinai, Healthforce Center is offering a new leadership program for early career professionals from community health centers in Los Angeles. This transformative 12-month program is designed to accelerate their transition from managing to leading. More demands are being placed on community clinic leadership than ever before. Many clinics find that while team members have sufficient technical skills and mission focus, they may lack the experience and confidence to help their organization navigate the challenging healthcare landscape.

The Managing to Leading Program utilizes Healthforce Center’s trusted leadership curriculum, specifically tailored to the needs of the Los Angeles region’s clinics. At the completion of the formal program, individuals also will have access to a robust alumni network.

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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. Our programs accelerate this transformation process through a leadership model centered around four key areas – Purpose, Process, Personal, and People. In developing a program for you, we will assess your organizational needs and desired outcomes in order to create a training process designed to maximize development in the areas that are most important to your organization. Our programs incorporate a suite of programmatic elements proven to drive results including highly interactive in-person seminars, assessment tools, executive coaching, projects, and strong personal networks.


The Managing to Leading model for leadership development is comprised of the following elements:

10 in-person days that increase participants’ knowledge and skills through interactive, experiential learning and field-specific content; offsite in Los Angeles during 2016.

Personal Development Plans 
Individual leadership development plans informed by psychometric assessments, executive coaching, and staff/faculty feedback.

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

Organizational projects to enable participants to implement newly acquired skills while improving organizational effectiveness and outcomes.

Small, peer networking groups that facilitate network connections, learning, and support.

Executive Coaching
Up to 4-hours of one-on-one professional leadership coaching to be completed while in the program.

Alumni Network
Opportunities 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.


Clinicians, administrators, and other non-clinical staff who are just beginning their journey of leading are welcome to apply.

The program is intended for individuals who 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.

The program will accept up to 30 individuals total. Multiple individuals may be accepted from each clinic. 

Clinic Eligibility

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

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

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.The program is devoted to developing leadership in Los Angeles County’s community clinics and empowering these leaders to be effective in a complex and rapidly changing health care system.

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

Alleysha Mullen
Project Manager, Leadership Development
Email Alleysha
(415) 476-1859

Dylan Ginoza
Leadership Development Associate
Email Dylan
(415) 502-2158

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.   

Cedars-Sinai Community Clinic Initiative: This initiative works to strengthen the region’s healthcare safety net by enhancing leadership and effectiveness at community clinics in SPAs 4, 5, 6, and select areas of SPA 8. Projects are designed to ensure overall clinic success and sustainability.  The Community Clinic Initiative consists of programs led by Healthforce Center at UCSF, the Institute for High Quality Care and the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County