NEWS | November 19, 2013

Institute for Population Health Improvement to direct leadership training program for nonprofits, public agencies


The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) received a $125,000 grant from the Sierra Health Foundation to restart the foundation’s popular Health Leadership Program for nonprofits and public agencies. Faculty from the University of San Francisco School of Management will also collaborate on the project.

“We are enthusiastic about the return of our Health Leadership Program, as it provides a valuable opportunity for nonprofit and public agency leaders to strive for and reach a new level of effectiveness,” said Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet P. Hewitt. “We are fortunate to have found such committed and knowledgeable partners to help us continue building upon the legacy of this important program.”

Established in 2001, the Health Leadership Program was originally delivered by the State Capital Center of the University of Southern California in conjunction with the Marshall School of Business. The program, initially co-directed by Rich Callahan and Dave Logan, has helped 270 leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors to become better skilled with a stronger vision for their organizations and communities.

The 2014 program will build upon this work to develop the skills of current and emerging leaders in organizations that work to improve community health and well-being and reduce health disparities across a broad range of issue areas such as education, employment, access to health services and youth development.

“California’s rapidly changing health care and community service environment presents unprecedented challenges for the leaders of nonprofit organizations and public agencies that work to make our communities healthier for all,” said Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis. “And we are committed to developing innovative and creative leaders who are well prepared to meet these challenges.” 

The 2014 Health Leadership Program is newly designed for 25 current and emerging leaders with 12 days of in-class leadership development activities and discussions addressing disparities through organizational capacity building and policy change. The program primarily draws on faculty and presenters with strong health and social services experience, as well as extensive health and human services networks locally, regionally, statewide and nationally. 

Program details and applications for participation in the Health Leadership Program will be available in spring 2014, and classes will begin in the fall.     

“I am very enthusiastic about partnering again with Sierra Health Foundation to offer a new, dynamic, cutting-edge leadership program,” said Rich Callahan, chair of the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management. “This newest program builds on the successes of our previous 10-year partnership to advance the leadership skills needed to support the Foundation’s important work in addressing health disparities and health access, and aligns closely with the University of San Francisco’s commitment to social justice.”

The UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement is working to align the many determinants of health to promote and sustain the well-being of both individuals and their communities. Established in 2011, the institute is leading an array of initiatives, from improving health-care quality and health information exchange to advancing surveillance and prevention programs for heart disease and cancer.

Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy investing in and serving as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs that improve health and quality of life in Northern California and beyond through convening, educating and strategic grantmaking.