10:53 a.m. / JUNE 29, 2015

Six blocks away, the health center’s newly promoted executive director, Victor, runs up the steps of the county administration building. After working at the health center for six years as a program manager – often feeling burnt out – Victor found new motivation through the Clinic Leadership Institute’s (CLI) Emerging Leaders program. CLI helps strengthen the entire healthcare safety net by cultivating and empowering the next generation of leaders from California’s community health centers. Read more.

more about CLI

In June 2011, 21 community health center leaders from across California graduated as the third CLI cohort. They participated in interactive and instructive activities focused on strategic thinking, financial management, health policy, and other leadership skills. The Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco is the administrator for CLI.

CLI participants implement individual projects at their health centers, and Victor organized group visits for high school students exposed to violence as a way of providing quality, cost-effective care in partnership with the local high school. This creative approach to strengthening how different health providers serve their community echoes the innovation challenge grants BSCF provided in 2011. Read more.

more about innovation challenge grants

In 2011, BSCF funded the Community Clinics Initiative to issue 13 “innovation challenge grants” to organizations across the state for creative approaches such as: reducing falls among elderly patients; increasing the rates of early care for pregnant Latinas; reducing unnecessary use of emergency departments; establishing a medical home for homeless patients; removing barriers for women seeking mammograms; expanding the use of patient navigators and home healthcare workers; and enhancing the use of call centers, health IT, and mobile medical units.