Health care providers are the face of the U.S. health care system, playing a central role in delivering the care and services that patients need to achieve health and well-being. COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the vital role of these frontline workers, yet the ability of providers to respond to the pandemic and other challenges can hinge on effective leadership within their organizations. Despite these high stakes, leadership development programs for providers are limited — particularly within community health centers that serve low-income populations.

In response to this need, the Center for Health Care Strategies is partnering with L.A. Care Health Plan to offer the Provider Leadership Program (PLP). This unique professional development program is designed to equip Los Angeles County providers with the practical leadership and management skills necessary to effect transformational change within their health centers and ultimately improve patient care and health outcomes. The goal of PLP is to enhance the capacity of providers in established and emerging leadership roles while serving our most vulnerable and low-income communities.

The six-month program is supporting a cohort of 18 providers — including physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, a behavioral health provider, and a nurse midwife — employed by safety net provider organizations that are contracted with L.A. Care Health Plan. Through PLP, the selected providers will have the opportunity to participate in a range of leadership activities, including:

  • Individual leadership assessments and personalized development plan;
  • One-on-one coaching sessions to support their development plan;
  • Leadership project to apply skills gained to real-time challenges; and
  • Twelve virtual seminars to delve into key leadership skills with expert trainers and peer case studies.