Western Clinicians Network Health Center Mentor Connection Program
Primary care delivery is rapidly changing and the shortage of primary care physicians is becoming more pronounced. The changes are especially pronounced for primary care providers serving the under served through community health centers (CHCs). To better position current and emergent clinical leadership at CHCs, Western Clinicians Network proposes the creation of a formal clinical mentoring program, Health Center Mentor Connection. This proposed program would be available at no charge for to up to ten medical directors or assistant directors with less than three years’ experience in a leadership role at a CHC. The primary purpose of the program will be to assist new directors by connecting them to experienced providers to expand their leadership knowledge and skill development of CHC operations, clinical practices, quality improvement, and developing and managing new service models in an environment of health reform. The program will utilize existing infrastructure from five highly effective leadership programs to provide advisory support, recruit mentors, and leverage existing content expertise and other existing resources.
No formal mentoring program currently exists in Region IX. WCN’s goal is to develop a data driven, evaluated, and effective multi-state model that can be spread through formal partnerships with universities, provider organizations and federal agency support. The WCN is a peer-led, volunteer, professional association of medical and dental leaders of community health CHCs in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands with extensive experience in collaborative, professional development support for clinicians. This expertise well positions WCN to create and implement this innovative concept.
If you are interested in participating either as a mentor or mentee please contact Dr. Eric Henley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 981-4147.
Practice Management Facilitation
Is your health center looking for ways to:
- Increase access for first time patients?
- Make changes in your physician-led care teams?
- Maximize the use of your electronic record system?
- Maximize the use of data for increasing clinical outcomes?
- Prepare for PCMH redesign?
- Introduce a new performance improvement project?
- Standardize care across all sites?
- Increase quality of work life for providers and staff?
- Or, introduce any type of change into the organization that could benefit from professional coaching assistance?
If so, WCN’s team of experienced clinicians and administrators is available to assist you with implementing your chosen performance improvement project.
The major goal of the demonstration project is to create a primary care improvement coaching curriculum and training manual that assembles and improves on practice coaching learnings from the past 15 years and to test its application in three health center sites in California: one each in the northern, central and southern regions.
Health centers who volunteer to serve as demonstration sites will choose their own performance improvement project and then test the effectiveness of the curriculum and coaching process to help them achieve their desired aim. They will receive free capacity assessments and technical coaching and mentoring from the assigned coaching team.
For more information, please contact Dr. Eric Henley at email@example.com or call (510) 981-4147.