2022 Community Health Center University (CHCU) Leadership Program

Preparing Future Leaders: Fostering Development and Professional Growth for Individuals in the Healthcare Sector

CHCU LogosVirginia Community Healthcare Association (VCHA) is pleased to host the Community Health Center University (CHCU) Leadership Program, in partnership with the University of Richmond. We also welcome a new collaborator, the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (VAFCC).

The program targets emerging leaders from Community Health Centers (CHCs), Free Health Clinics, and other Safety-Net providers in Virginia. Participants will gain experience through participation in a certified curriculum (approved curriculum) that includes both in-person and remote activities, including seminars, classes and practical activities. The program offers learning experiences, resources, and support to develop and strengthen leadership skills for mid-level managers. The CHCU Leadership program consists of quarterly learning sessions (virtual and face-to-face meetings) and other informal connections using different learning platforms throughout the year. The program will address the demands for developing leaders in healthcare organizations to help support the growth of their organization’s operations – and their own careers.

Each year, 20 individuals will be selected to participate in the program and a one-year commitment is required. Interested individuals must complete an application to be considered.

Learning Tracks 

The CHCU Leadership Program will offer four distinct learning tracks for leadership participants: Leading for Change; Systems Analysis; Visioning the Future; and Cost Analysis. The learning design for each track will be guided by the core theme of CHCs as value leaders in healthcare and community impact. This thematic design will help ensure participating CHC professionals learn and implement strategies that are conceptually consistent and relevant to their organizations.

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Participants will learn how to:

  • Lead the development of an organizational value strategy for their Community Health Centers.
  • Lead and support efforts to demonstrate the value of their Community Health Centers to key stakeholders.
  • Practice and promote positive leadership across their organization.
  • Ensure readiness for Operational Site Visits.
  • Practice and promote positive management in their daily work.

Participants will engage in:

  • Virtual webinars.
  • Self-directed learning in the CHCU Learning Community.
  • Strategic coaching calls with University of Richmond instructors and VCHA staff members.

Examples of core content:

Building Your Foundation: Identifying and Conducting Leadership Style and Skill-sets Assessments

  • Personal Vision and Value Proposition
  • Goal-Settings: Professional and Personal for Leadership Growth

Building Your Navigation Skills: Workplace Navigation

  • Strategies to navigate organizational decision making

Building Your Endurance: Complex Problems

  • Applying evidence-based theory to addressing and solving problems
  • Communications: How to address audiences through engagement and word usage

Building Your Culture

  • Employee and Stakeholder’s Engagement
  • Organizational and Personal Performance

Building Your Financial Knowledge

  • Financial Planning: How to create budgets for departments and organizations
  • Personal Financial Planning:
  • Individual and Group Projects along with a Community Service Project

CHCU Leadership Program Application

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