Community Health Center Leadership Development Institutes

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Community Health Center

Leadership Development Institutes

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is excited to announce the

development of the Leadership Development Institutes, designed specifically for community

health center staff and for emerging leaders seeking a career in health centers. Over the past

40 years, health centers have grown and evolved into complex organizations with highly

specialized staff with expertise in leadership and governance, financial management

and operations, human resources, clinical quality, and health information technology.

Cultivating leadership that is prepared to meet the complex challenges facing health centers

is essential to the growth and vitality of the health center movement.

The institutes have been created in partnership with the State and Regional Primary

Care Associations and university faculties across the country to train, develop, and equip

future leaders who are seeking or advancing their career in the Community Health Center


For More Information Contact Joe Gallegos, MBA, Senior Vice President for Western Operations.

505-855-6964 (Office)

202-380-6080 (Cellular)


The Leadership Development Institute Model





North West Regional PCA/ University of Washington (Regions 8 & 10) Massachusetts League of CHCs/ Suffolk University George Washington University/Geiger-Gibson Program on Health Policy North Carolina Community Health Center Association/ East Caroina University George Washington University - Certificate in Health Center Management Greater Mid West

PCAs/University of Kansas (Regions 5 &7) Blue Shield of California Foundation/ University of CA San Francisco


What are Leadership Development Institutes (LDIs)?

Leadership Development Institutes are training programs that have been developed in partnership between S/RPCAs and university faculties that consist of model curricula around five critical domains essential to managing and leading CHC organizations. While each LDI is independent and autonomous, generally these five domains include: Organizational Leadership and Governance; Financial Management, Operations and Informatics; Human Resource Management and Corporate Compliance; Overview of Health Care Systems. Using core competency standards, the LDIs ensure that graduates are prepared to effectively lead community health centers upon completion of the program. Case studies of contemporary issues facing CHCs provide a learning environment of real-life challenges facing health centers and help future leaders to develop effective strategies and solutions to a wide range of day-to-day operations.

Who needs to know about LDIs?

CEOs, Human Resource Managers and Boards of Directors must remain ahead of the competition by making succession management a priority. CHC senior executives must continuously look at succession planning at all levels of the organization and build “bench strength” required to remain competitive in a health care environment that is undergoing major transformation and competition. Boards of Directors and senior executives must create a working environment that is viewed by employees and potential hires; not merely as a place to work, but rather as an employer of choice who can offer a fulfilling career in community health centers. The LDIs can assist community health centers in meeting succession planning goals by providing professional development opportunities to staff. Emerging leaders who are seeking a career in community health centers will benefit from the LDIs by developing the skills essential to succeed in the community health center movement.


Marking its 10th year, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers/ Suffolk University Certificate Program in Community Health and Community Health Center Management offers a 9-month, health center-focused curriculum that includes modules in health policy, human resources, health information technology, finance and marketing. In addition to obtaining a program certificate, participants may earn 12 credits toward future graduate study at Suffolk University or elsewhere through completion of extra coursework.

In addition to the Community Health Center Management Certificate, the League offers an optional educational block to the program: Advanced Health Center Finance. This block serves as a stand-alone certificate course and provides participants with three additional graduate credits. The course requires a separate tuition charge and is open to Suffolk Certificate Program students and alumni and other health center employees.

For More Information Contact: Denise McCauley


Website: SuffolkUniversityCertificateProgram.php

Certificate in Community Health and CHC Management

Massachusetts League of CHCs and Suffolk University

This graduate certificate program in Community Health Center Administration is designed to prepare individuals to administer, lead, and develop community health centers. This program was developed in collaboration with the North Carolina Com-munity Health Center Association and the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care.

The curriculum is a 5-course program specifically tailored to the unique challenges of creating and administering federally-qualified rural and urban community health centers, and it is offered in a hybrid, distance education and face-to-face format. In addition to obtaining a program certificate, participants earn credits toward future graduate study.

For More information, please contact: Chris Mansfield, PhD

Phone: 252-744-2785 Email:


Certificate in Community Health Center Administration


The Community Health Center Executive Fellowship is a program designed to prepare individuals for management positions in community health centers. Leveraging interactive online technology, students are able to expand their knowledge and develop the professional skills necessary to respond to the dynamic challenges that exist in the community health environment. This fellowship program will provide education and skill development in key areas of management competency and executive leadership. In addition assisting existing health centers with succession planning, the fellowship also provides management resources for new centers.

For more information, please contact: Mike Grasso, PhD

Phone: 913-588-0354 Email:


Community Health Center Executive Leadership Institute

Greater Mid-West Regional Primary Care Association and University of Kansas

This program provides an opportunity for current and future community and migrant health center leaders to build the knowledge and skills needed for effective leadership and management. Students are encouraged to develop, integrate, and apply a broad range of management and organizational skills and to develop the leadership competencies required for administrative career advancement. Experiential learning methods and “real world” problem-solving are emphasized throughout the program. The Community Health Leadership program is offered through the collaborative efforts of the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association’s Northwest Community Health Leadership Institute and the University of Washington (UW) Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program in conjunction with UW Professional & Continuing Education.

For more information, please contact: Bruce Gray, MPA

Phone: 206-783-3004 Email:


Community Health Leadership Institute


The Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI) prepares emerging leaders of California’s community health centers and community clinics to be effective and passionate agents of change in an evolving health care environment. The goal is to build the next generation of safety net providers and leaders.

Participants go through an 18-month, part-time program to build their skills in areas such as decision-making, financial management, and strategic planning. This unique and challenging program provides participants with career planning, seminars, professional coaching, and peer networking experiences.

For more information, please contact:


California Clinic Leadership Institute

Blue Shield of California Foundation and University of California at San Francisco

The George Washington University has announced the creation of a new graduate Certificate in Community Health Center Management. This executive online learning program is designed to develop leaders who possess the skills and knowledge necessary for executive positions in the unique environment of community health centers, and is affiliated with the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy and with the (NACHC).

Graduates of the program will be able to:

• Determine the needs of the target population by working closely with the community

• Effectively communicate within the organization and community

• Effectively manage organizational change and promote organizational and clinical excellence

• Utilize health information technology to improve clinical and operational efficiencies and outcomes

• Manage the unique financing systems of community health centers

For More Information Contact: Merle Cunningham, MD, MPH

Phone: 917-287-0262 Email:

Website: graduatecertificateincommunityhealthcentermanagement

Graduate Certificate in Community Health Center Management


This course is an intensive 3-day, Washington-based program designed to provide a foundation for CHC leaders interested in influencing regional and national health policy. Participants will gain familiarity with the roles of the legislative and executive branches in health policy development and implementation. This program includes presentations by health care policy researchers, analysts and policymakers; dialogues with congressional staff; and informal meetings with NACHC senior leadership, HRSA staff and other federal agency officials. In advance of the on-site sessions, participants are expected to participate in 4 one-hour webinars on the fundamentals of health policymaking and to complete assigned readings and online exercises.

This program is designed for mid-level and senior staff who are pursuing executive leadership careers in community health centers. Each Capstone session will accommodate up to 20 participants. This may include, but is not limited to persons currently enrolled in certificate and graduate training programs.

For more information, please contact: Becky Beauregard

Phone: (202) 994-4196


Community Health Center Leadership Capstone


For More Information Contact:

Joe Gallegos, MBA

Senior Vice President

for Western Operations.

505-855-6964 (Office)

202-380-6080 (Cellular)