Cultivating Leadership

Supporting new and existing leaders within California’s community health centers is a core element of the Foundation’s overall grantmaking strategy.

Effective leadership is crucial for safety net organizations to thrive in a changing healthcare landscape. To help professionals in California community health centers develop the skills needed to drive the system through transformation, the Foundation funds a continuum of leadership and mentoring programs through the Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI).

With participants ranging from health center administrative staff to new chief executive officers, these programs are preparing the individuals working on the frontlines to successfully lead California’s healthcare safety into the future.

Launched in 2007, CLI has since expanded to include four unique programs:

Emerging Leaders is an intensive 18-month training program for professionals working in community health centers. Administered by UCSF’s Center for the Health Professions, participants receive instruction in strategic and financial management, health policy, data and operations training, and other relevant areas to  advance their leadership skills and improve the ability of their health centers to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care. Check out how CLI has made a difference for its graduates.
Executive Excellence (Ex2) is administered by UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. The program helps health center executive teams expand their leadership, strategic, fiscal, and management skills in order to meet new challenges and help their organizations adapt within a changing healthcare environment.
New Executive Leadership Transitions (nEXt) provides personalized leadership development and mentoring support to recently-appointed chief executive officers of community health centers during the critical first year in their new role.
The CLI Alumni Network provides graduates of the Emerging Leaders program, Ex2, and nEXt with connections to resources, opportunities, services, and other CLI colleagues statewide. The network is administered by UCSF’s Center for the Health Professions. Check out CLI's Theory of Change (PDF) model to see how this network of trained leaders is catalyzing transformation across the safety net.