Community Clinic Initiative

Strengthening L.A.'s Safety Net

Cedars-Sinai's mission has long encompassed caring for the most vulnerable populations, both in the patient care we provide and in our financial support of community partners. As the healthcare landscape shifts, community clinics, an integral part of the healthcare safety net, are at a critical juncture. Launched in 2015, Cedars-Sinai's Community Clinic Initiative includes programs to strengthen leadership and effectiveness in community health centers, as well as grants to help clinics transform. Our goals for this initiative are to:

  • Provide more opportunity for the region's clinics to build on their effectiveness
  • Equip community clinic leaders to better meet the demands of a rapidly changing landscape
  • Strengthen the skills and knowledge of community clinic professionals at all levels to further develop leadership
  • Enable the region's clinics to better compete for state and federal grants


Unless otherwise noted, the following eligibility criteria are used for the Community Clinic Initiative. Clinic staff are encouraged to participate in multiple programs, and more than one team or team member may be accepted. Applications are overseen by our grant partners.

  • Location: In keeping with our Community Health Needs Assessment, the initiative focuses on clinics in Service Planning Areas (SPAs) 4, 5 and 6, and targeted ZIP codes in SPA 8: Inglewood (90301, 90302, 90303, 90304) and Lennox (90304)
  • Federally Qualified Health Center: Community clinics should be Section 330 health centers or look-alikes unless otherwise noted.
  • Role/Experience: Each program has a unique focus and has been customized for different members of the clinic team. Regardless of project focus, all team members must have the approval of senior clinic administration.

Programs — Supporting Clinic Leadership

The Cedars-Sinai Community Clinic Initiative aims to strengthen the leadership and effectiveness of community clinics. We encourage you to apply as an individual or team to as many Community Clinic Initiative programs as are appropriate for your clinic.

The community clinic initiative (PDF) outlines current programs, as do the links below.


Managing to Leading

Grantee: Healthforce Center at UCSF

Program dates: September 2017-April 2018

Application deadline: Aug. 30, 2017

Available at: Healthforce Center's website

Designed for: Individual midlevel clinicians, administrators and other nonclinical staff who are:

  • Managing or supervising others
  • Transitioning from doing to leading
  • Planning and overseeing the work of others, or
  • Increasingly tasked with complex projects or initiatives that involve multiple people or departments

Program in Brief

Goal: A transformative leadership development program equipping clinic staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively lead change and improve healthcare in today's complex and uncertain environment.

Format: Uses Healthforce Center's trusted leadership curriculum, specifically tailored to the L.A. region. Includes:

  • Interactive, experiential in-person seminars to deepen knowledge and skills while fostering meaningful relationships
  • A focus on application and practice, including an applied learning component that emphasizes using analytic skills to identify, understand, and solve pain points within one's own organization
  • Facilitated peer coaching to deepen self-awareness and make progress towards personal development goals
  • Entry into a robust alumni network upon completion of the program

Building a Culture of Quality

Grantee: Institute for High Quality Care, Home of the Building Clinic Capacity for Quality Program

Program dates

Design phase: July-December 2017

  • Registration deadline: Aug. 16, 2017

Implementation phase: January-December 2018

  • Selection announcements: December 2017

Institute for High Quality Care website

Designed for: Multidisciplinary clinic teams with following responsibilities:

  • Clinic management
  • Project management
  • Quality improvement
  • Care team — providers, RN, MA, etc.

Program in Brief

Goal: Teaching clinic teams how to best apply a range of QI methodologies and embed QI at the organizational level. Clinic teams will implement a QI project of their choosing.

Format: A new learning community with expanded program structure and curriculum content, taking place over two distinct stages:

  • Stage 1: Design and Planning (August-December 2017)
    Participants will engage with IHQC coaches, webinars and workshops to design a system-level QI project from the ground up, and identify multidisciplinary and interdependent teams to carry out QI efforts across the organization. This extended planning period allows teams to focus on sustainability of QI efforts. Content includes human-centered design, project management, teambuilding, strategy development and organizational analysis.
  • Stage 2: Pilot and Implementation (launching in January 2018)
    Select teams will advance to the next stage of piloting and implementing the project designed in Stage 1. Working with IHQC coaches, attending quarterly workshops and monthly webinars, and engaging in peer-to-peer exchange, teams will spend 12 months implementing science strategies for prototyping, accelerating, implementing, and sustaining change ideas throughout the organization.

Advancing the Financial Strength of L.A.'s Clinics

Grantee: Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

Implementation partner: Capital Link

Program dates: Training sessions start late September 2017. This is a year-round program with training sessions that build on one another.

Registration announcement: August 2017

Available at: Community Clinic Association website

Designed for: Individual clinic staff and teams, including:

  • Financial professionals
  • Board members
  • CMO

Participants vary based on training offerings.

Program in Brief

Goal: To strengthen the effectiveness of clinics in these uncertain times, the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County seeks to improve the financial strength and internal acumen of Los Angeles County-based community clinics.

Format: Program includes:

  • General and targeted training (both in-person and online)
  • Access to benchmarking and tools
  • Technical assistance
  • Support to increase the effectiveness of the clinic's current and future sustainability models.

Note: Clinic staff that have completed introductory courses (i.e., AFS 101) in prior years may elect to proceed directly to higher-level courses and accessing technical assistance.


Safety Net Analytics Program, Los Angeles (SNAP-LA)

Grantee: Center for Care Innovations

Program dates: Dec. 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2017

Application deadline: This program is in progress. Staff interested in a self-designed program should consult Building a Data-Driven Culture.

Designed for: Multidisciplinary health center teams interested in harnessing the power of data and managing it effectively. Individual staff responsibilities include:

  • Project management
  • Quality improvement
  • Health information technology
  • Clinical care provision

Program in Brief

Goal: SNAP-LA helps clinics understand how to increase data quality, improve data literacy and leverage their investments in health information technology to succeed in an increasingly data-driven environment

Format: Learning collaborative focused on teaching effective data management skills, providing strategies to build a data-driven culture, and applying leading analytics practices.

Includes online and in-person sessions, technical assistance, coaching, and an applied data analytics project that is an organizational priority for each participating team.

Organizations Receiving Community Clinic Initiative Grants in 2017

  • AIDS Project Los Angeles Health & Wellness
  • Arroyo Vista Family Health Center
  • Central Neighborhood Health Foundation
  • Clinica Msr. Oscar Romero
  • Coro Southern California
  • Eisner Health
  • Ensemble Health
  • Kheir Center
  • LALGBT Center
  • Los Angeles Christian Health Centers
  • Planned Parenthood LA
  • Saban Community Clinic
  • St. Johns Well Child & Family Center
  • T.H.E. Health & Wellness center
  • The Achievable Foundation
  • Venice Family Clinic
  • Watts Health Center
  • Westside Family Health Center


Contact Erin Ward, Senior Program Officer, Community Benefit Giving Office, at or 323-866-7721.