Our Vision: To collectively strengthen CHCs’ capacity to achieve just, healthy, and equitable communities across California.

Community Health Centers (CHCs) are pivotal for achieving health equity and community well-being that requires both effective organizations and robust and diverse leaders who can act as change agents to address racism as a root cause of inequity for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).  

The Leadership Equity Program (LEP) was developed in response to the need for greater alignment between the communities accessing care provided by CHCs and the diversity of their future C-suite leaders. To address this need, the Leadership Equity Program (LEP) offers a cohort-based program for emerging C-suite leaders and capacity-building for their respective CHC executive team to:

  1. Prepare the next generation of C-suite leaders who have the skills, knowledge, and passion required to mitigate health disparities and
  2. Strengthen community health center capacity to advance diverse leaders and expand organizational innovations and place-based strategies centered on anti-racism, health equity, and community well-being.

Program Structure

The Leadership Equity Program (LEP) takes a systemic approach to leadership development, as a process of discovery, intersection, and transformation at the individual, organizational, community, and socio-political levels.

Program Structure

Cohort Curriculum


Anti-racism & Racial Equity

Participants will become familiar with race equity theory & history, examine current trends and impact on healthcare models and delivery, explore implications of implicit biases and structural racism, and strengthen their capacity to implement anti-racist policies and practices that address the impact of racism on health outcomes and mitigate racial health disparities for BIPOC communities.


Leadership Development

Participants will assimilate core tenets of Inclusive and Adaptive Leadership – examining personal biases, identifying key traits of an effective leader, and understanding the importance of engaging authentically and with the purpose to drive change and create an organizational culture of inclusion and belonging.

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Health Center Operations

Participants will develop leadership skills in human resources, operations, health information technology, and finance and payment reform to advance innovation and person-centered-, value-based-, and population-based approaches to care delivery, centered on the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Community well-being

Community Well-being

Participants will develop a capstone project that addresses their organizational and community needs and leadership goals; apply their learning and understanding of using data, policies, and community voice for leadership decision-making; and build a balanced strategy to address equity and advance well-being for their surrounding communities.

Capacity Building

Capacity Building

The capacity-building design will support CHCs to advance emerging C-suite leaders and expand organizational innovations and place-based strategies centered on anti-racism, health equity, and community well-being. 

The LEP team will assess and provide customized capacity building through asynchronous learning, quarterly group sessions, and ad Hoc meetings focused on the following topics:

Program Costs

A total investment of $7,700 is required to participate in the inaugural LEP Cohort which is a bundled rate per-cohort participant and capacity building for the participating CHC.

The sponsoring CHC is responsible for reimbursing the participant’s travel and other incidental costs for attending training and other program events.

Join Us

The first cohort will begin late January 2022  and will complete the program in approximately ten months (The official start date will be announced in November 2021).

LEP participant(s) must be nominated by CHC executive leadership that they envision entering the C-suite within 1-5 years, and nominated participants should:

Currently be in a mid-level management or supervisory role.
Be a current employee of a CHC in California or employed by a regional or statewide consortium serving California’s CHCs.
Have demonstrated a long-term commitment to anti-racism, health equity, and community well-being.
Be open to personal and professional development.

Multiple participants may be nominated and require completing a separate nomination form for each nominee.

Are you a CHC executive leader who would like to nominate participant(s) to join our LEP Inaugural Cohort?


Program Team

Lead staff

  • Buddy Orange, MSOD
    Vice President of Human and Organizational Development
    California Primary Care Association  
  • Lizbeth Bayardo, MPH
    Assistant Director of Leadership Equity
    California Primary Care Association

Advisory Committee

  • Alvaro Fuentes, Executive Director
    Community Clinic Consortium
  • Andrea Schwab-Galindo, MPH, Chief Executive Officer
    Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
  • Anitha Mullangi, MD, MHCM, Chief Medical Officer
    St John’s Well Child and Family Center
  • Britta Guerrero, Chief Executive Officer
    Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc
  • David B. Vliet, MBA, Chief Executive Officer
    LifeLong Medical Care
  • Kimberly S.G. Chang, MD, MPH, Family Physician, Director of Human Trafficking and Healthcare Policy
    Asian Health Services
  • Melissa Marshall, MD, Chief Executive Officer
    CommuniCare Health Centers
  • Naomi Fuchs, Chief Executive Officer
    Santa Rosa Community Health
  • Sayeed Khan, MD, Chief Medical Officer
    Molina Healthcare of California

Consulting Teams

Mmapeu Consulting

  • Diane Johnson, Ph.D, CEO & Founder
  • Claudia Morales Senior, Consultant
  • Cianna Walker-Flom, Consultant

  • Rachel Munyaradzi, MS, Consultant
  • Mey Saechao, Director of Operations
  • Samantha Hyland, Program Administrator/ Executive Assistant

Well-being and Equity (We) in the World

  • Somava Saha, MD, MS, Executive Lead
  • Seth Fritsch, MPH, Project Manager and Curriculum Development
  • Kelley Gray, MASJ, Project Manager

  • Aliaa Eldabli, Research Assistant
  • Kirsten Meisinger, MD, Coach
  • Yolanda Roary, MA, Coach