The California Health Care Foundation's (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Program prepares clinically trained professionals to lead California’s health care organizations and creates a network of strong and effective leaders who are focused on improving health care for all Californians. Each year, 32 highly qualified fellows are selected to participate in the rigorous, two-year program which builds leadership and management skills and covers business aspects of health care as well as environmental trends, policy topics, and more. This rigorous, part-time, two-year fellowship addresses essential leadership and management skills, as well as health care trends and policy topics. Since 2001, over 500 health professionals have participated in the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program. The California Health Care Foundation sponsors this program, which is administered by Healthforce Center.
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What is a Health Care Fellowship?
This two-year fellowship offers clinically trained health care professionals the experiences, competencies and skills necessary for effective vision and leadership of the health care system.
The fellowship is grounded in Healthforce Center’s competency-based leadership model, which consists of four interlinked domains – Purpose, Process, People, and Personal. Each domain consists of a set of distinct leadership competencies.
Elements of the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program include onsite learning experiences, interaction with colleagues from the field, and exposure to nationally recognized faculty experienced in business, leadership, health care, and public policy. Fellows are actively engaged throughout the two-year program by means of:
- Seminars. In-person seminars focus on the skills and competencies needed to advance in executive leadership positions. These sessions provide interactive, experiential lessons that allow clinician leaders to explore challenges and develop strong peer networks.
- Intersession activity. Between seminars, fellows participate in a variety of activities to reinforce skills and lessons and to prepare for seminars. Assignments include readings and case studies; peer group interactions; telephone and web conferences with faculty and advisors; and tools to track development goals and share experiences and progress. Fellows are expected to devote five to ten hours per week between sessions to program-related activities.
- Pods. Pods are teams composed of five or six fellows. The primary role of the pod is to provide support, feedback, and learning opportunities to each other throughout the fellowship.
- Coaching. Each fellow receives five hours of individual executive development coaching.
- Organizational project. Each fellow completes a leadership project at their home organization on a topic of their choice following program guidelines.
How to Apply
The application period is now closed. Please contact Gina Lima if you would like to be notified when applications open for the next cohort.
Before submitting an application, we encourage all applicants to work closely with their organizational leaders to identify the internal process for choosing applicants. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm organizational support to participate, including attendance at all seminars and payment of tuition. If applicants selected to participate are unable to confirm organizational support for tuition payments, applicants will be personally responsible for paying tuition.
Who Should Apply
The part-time program is for clinically trained health care professionals with at least five years of leadership experience who live and work in California.
We seek diversity across disciplines, organizations, geography and ethnicity, with a special focus this year on:
- Safety net providers
- Behavioral health clinicians
- Underrepresented minorities (African American and Hispanic)
- Clinicians in Southern California
- Clinical background and training
- At least five years of management or leadership experience
- Recognition and endorsement of the candidate as a future leader by his or her organization
- Demonstrated accomplishments in professional and/or civic settings
- Openness to change and understanding of the nature of the challenges confronting health care
- Commitment to a rigorous program of study
- Personally and actively participate in all program activities, including attending all in-person seminars
- Commit to working an average of five to ten hours each week on further study and learning experiences, such as reading articles, using online tools, viewing videos, and participating in conference calls and/or meetings with other fellows
- Develop and implement a leadership development plan and an organizational project
- Participate in evaluation of the program
- Permit the program to include name, organizational information (name, title, address, etc.), biographical sketch, and photo in informational and promotional materials pertaining to the program
This program represents a deep and ongoing investment by the California Health Care Foundation, which covers most costs, including the seminars and other learning experiences, education materials, electronic and print resources, lodging, and most meals related to the seminars.
To ensure full organizational commitment, as well as offset some program costs, fellows’ home institutions pay tuition. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm organizational support, including payment of tuition. If applicants selected to participate are unable to confirm organizational support for tuition payments, applicants will be personally responsible for paying tuition. There has been a slight increase in tuition payment for all Cohort 19 participants. Tuition is expected to modestly increase with future cohorts.
The tuition for Cohort 19 is:
- Safety net organizations $6,000 per person*
- Not-for-profit organizations $9,200 per person
- For-profit organizations $11,000 per person
*Safety net organizations are those that organize and deliver a significant level of health care or health-related services to uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable populations, as well as providers who by mandate or mission offer access to care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay and whose patient populations include a substantial share of uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable patients. Examples of safety net organizations include: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Centers, Indian or Tribal Clinics, non-profit community or free clinics licensed by the state as primary care clinics, clinics affiliated with DSH facilities, governmental health agencies, and publicly operated health plans.
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. In partnership with the California Health Care Foundation, the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program prepares clinically trained professionals to lead California’s health care organizations and creates a network of strong and effective leaders to improve health care for all Californians.