Education and Training
- Annual Leadership Strategic Planning Retreat
- Spring and Fall Annual Leadership CME conferences
- Member Updates
- Training materials
- Clinic coaching
- Presentations at other clinical conferences
Research and Development
- FLU-FIT Pilot in collaboration with UCSF
*Each of these committees is chaired by a WCN Board Member. However, any WCN member can participate as a committee member. For more information, please contact staff to put you in touch with the appropriate Committee Chairperson.
WCN experienced clinical leaders volunteer their time to create opportunities to support each other and new or prospective clinical leaders. A needs survey was conducted in 2008 which identified that Medical and Dental Directors at community health centers are drawn to community clinics early in their careers, and continue to work at community health centers due to their commitment to healthcare justice and community health.
The study, designed to help develop strategies for primary care and clinical leader recruitment and retention, surveyed 56 clinical leaders from community health centers from November 2008 to January 2009.
The top three factors keeping the clinical leaders at their health centers are personal rewards of the work (11%), the opportunity to improve the health of the community (12%), and the commitment of health centers to care for under-served patients (11%). Additional favorable factors for 5-8% of leaders included: friendship with colleagues and co-workers, commitment to patients, variety of the work, intellectual stimulation, commitment to the CHC movement, and the flexibility of the schedule.
When the clinical leaders were asked about what they found most useful about the Western Clinicians Network, the largest group cited peer leadership (33%). The full summary of the study can be found in the Resources Section of this website under “Tool Kit”.
With information gathered from that survey and Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meetings, the program development emphasis has shifted to promoting innovation that is future oriented. This focus is especially critical during the era of health care reform.
The core programs under development either independently or in collaboration with other CHC supporting agencies are: