Healthforce Center's Executive Leadership Development Program

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The Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI) prepares leaders of California community clinics and health centers to be effective and passionate agents of change in an evolving health care environment. With participants ranging from administrative staff to new chief executive officers, CLI includes two programs: Emerging Leaders and New Executive Transitions (nEXt). Graduates of both programs participate in the CLI Network, which provides ongoing professional development and peer support. The goal of CLI nEXt is to support CEOs in the critical first year of an executive role by building relationships and skills that will serve participants and their organizations for years to come. 

What Specific Executive Leadership Solutions are Offered?

Selected participants will attend in-person sessions that are designed to:

  1. Strengthen executive and leadership skills
  2. Facilitating expansion of leadership networks within and outside the community clinic field
  3. Create peer learning and networking opportunities
  4. Connect participants to the broader network of Clinic Leadership Institute programs and services

Who are Health Care Executive Leaders?

Applicants must be new CEOs from a clinic licensed by the State of California as a community clinic, free clinic, or designated tribal clinic. Participants must be in their role as CEO for less than 18 months. 

The Clinic Leadership Institute is a signature project of Blue Shield of California Foundation and is supported by the California Community Foundation.

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Stories from CLI Fellows:

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. 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.

Elements

There are two components of the nEXt program: in-person meetings and networking opportunities.

In-Person Meetings
Participating CEOs convene with program faculty four times between April and November. Convening in person provides participants an opportunity to meet with their peers, program faculty, and external experts in an informal setting, and share experiences, challenges, insights, and resources. The first meeting is a day-long retreat that introduces participants to the program. The last meeting includes an evening session followed by a full day session designed to support intensive learning and networking. All other meetings will be full day sessions in which participants engage in activities to further hone their skills and develop relationships with one another.

Leadership Networking Opportunities
The nEXt program also aims to expand participants’ professional networks through a variety of opportunities, including one-on-one mentoring, exposure to health care leaders throughout California, peer networking, and connections to participants and graduates of other CLI programs.
 

Here's what participants are saying about Clinic Leadership Institute:

"CLI is a journey that gives you a holistic view of Community Health Centers and their partners.  It’s a time and place to make phenomenal connections with experts and peers within our community so there is a lifeline when issues come up."
- Storey LaMontagne, Santa Cruz Women's Health Center

"Because of the program, I am more adaptive, confident, authentic and adept at communicating my vision.  I am so grateful for the expert training, the coaching and the peer support that I have received from CLI!"
- Amy Manta-Ranger, La Clinica de La Raza

"CLI provides an incredible opportunity to learn, to grow and to transform both professionally and personally  . . . Emerging a leader from the inside out."
- Sam Fernandez, Mendocino Community Health Clinic

Applicants must be new CEOs from a clinic licensed by the State of California as a community clinic, free clinic, or designated tribal clinic. Participants must be in their role as CEO for less than 18 months. 

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The sponsorship from Blue Shield of California Foundation and California Community Foundation covers many costs, including educational materials and most meals at meetings. Participants are asked to cover travel and lodging.

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 Blue Shield of California Foundation and the California Community Foundation, the Clinic Leadership Institute nEXt Program supports CEOs in the critical first year of an executive role by building relationships and skills that will serve participants and their organizations for years to come.

Contact Us

Clinic Leadership Institute New Executive Transitions
Healthforce Center at UCSF
3333 California Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94143
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Program Team

Lauren Hill, MPH
Senior Manager, Leadership Development
Email Lauren
415-476-1271

Marie Hubbard, MSW
Project Manager, Leadership Development
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(415) 476-1662

James Koontz
Leadership Development Assistant
Email James
(415) 476-1790

Amy Quan
Leadership Development Associate
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(415) 514-2853

Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP
Director
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Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. Recognizing the importance of cultivating strong leaders within California’s health care safety net, the Foundation created CLI in 2007 through a partnership with Healthforce Center at UCSF.
 

Related Research: 
Strengthening the Leadership Pipeline: The Experience to Date of the Inaugural Cohort of Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Clinic Leadership Institute

Featured Testimonial

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Clinic Leadership Institute has had a truly radical impact on my leadership style. Because of the program, I am more adaptive, confident, authentic, and adept at communicating my vision. I am so grateful for the expert training, the coaching, and the peer support that I have received from CLI!
Amy Manta-Ranger, MPH
School-Based Health Center Department Manager, La Clinica de la Raza
Clinic Leadership Institute Alumni
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