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Community Health Center University Leadership Program

Congratulations to the CHCU Class of 2024!

Learn more about CHCU and hear from participants in the program in this short video!

Preparing Future Leaders: Fostering Development and Professional Growth for Emerging Leaders in the Healthcare Sector

Virginia Community Healthcare Association (VCHA) is pleased to host the Community Health Center University (CHCU) Leadership Program, in partnership with the University of Richmond and the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (VAFCC).

The program targets emerging leaders from Community Health Centers (CHCs), Free Health Clinics, and other Safety-Net providers in Virginia. Participants will gain experience through participation in a curriculum that includes both in-person and remote seminars and practical activities. The program offers learning experiences, resources, and support to develop and strengthen leadership skills for emerging leaders. The CHCU Leadership program consists of learning sessions (virtual and face-to-face meetings) and one-to-one leadership coaching throughout the year. The program will address the demands for developing leaders in healthcare organizations to help support the growth of their organization’s operations, succession planning, and leadership development in participants.

Each year, 20 individuals will be selected to participate in the program and a one-year commitment is required. This commitment includes: 

  • Attendance in 10 one-to-one coaching sessions.* 
  • Attendance in all learning sessions.**
  • Capstone project.

*Coaching sessions must be attended. If you need to cancel/reschedule a 24 hour notice is required, and it will be the participant’s responsibility to reach out and reschedule. Completion of the program is dependent on 10 sessions of one-to-one coaching. 

**Learning sessions are mandatory. All participants must attend. Completion of the program is dependent on attendance. 

***Emergencies (illness, death, etc.) will be excused. 


For further questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Angela Taylor at ataylor@vcha.org. 

Click the Program Schedule image below to view the full schedule. 

Leadership Skills

The CHCU Leadership Program will offer varying sessions on leadership for participants.

Participants will learn:

  • Differences in managing versus leading.
  • How to lead the development of an organizational value strategy for their Community Health Centers.
  • How to lead and support efforts to demonstrate the value of their Community Health Centers to key stakeholders.
  • How to practice and promote positive leadership across their organization.
  • How to practice and promote positive management in their daily work.

Participants will engage in:

  • Virtual and in-person sessions.
  • Self-directed learning in the CHCU Learning Community.
  • Strategic coaching calls with Wilderlite Consulting and VCHA staff members.
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