Bureau for Primary Care 

The Bureau for Primary Care is the source for all official federal guidance regarding the health center program.

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) works with health centers and state primary care associations across the nation. The key roles of NACHC are to:
  • Provide research-based advocacy for health centers and their clients
  • Educate the public about the mission and value of health centers
  • Train and provide technical assistance to health center staff and boards
  • Develop alliances with private partners and key stakeholders to foster the delivery or primary health care services to communities in need
Board Source provides training and educational materials for non-profit board governance. While note specific to community health centers, a wise variety of material is available to guide leadership development.
Masters in Leadership is a website offering advice for anyone in a leadership position. Blogs, articles, and resources can be identified through their website.

The WVPCA offers training opportunities covering a variety of leadership topics to help the leadership teams at each member organization thrive. Check our Training/Events tab for a list of upcoming WVPCA workshops and webinars centered around leadership. In addition, we recommend the following programs for your staff and leadership team to enhance and strengthen your current and future leaders:

C-Suite Orientation
The retirement of numerous leaders in West Virginia community health centers is expected over the next five years. The WVPCA developed a new CEO/COO/CFO orientation program that is available to all health center leaders. The program is designed to aid in a smoother transition when planned and unplanned leadership turnover occurs. Contact the WVPCA for additional details.

CMO Toolkit 
The WVPCA developed a new Chief Medical Officer Orientation Toolkit that is available to all health centers. The toolkit includes information about CHCs’ history, mission, HHS priorities, and state and national trends such as value based reimbursement models.

As the state struggles with a shortage of primary care professionals, the WVPCA is playing a direct role in strengthening the state’s health care workforce by providing leadership training. Health centers must prepare their managers to step into leadership roles as their organizations grow and diversify. In response, the WVPCA partnered with the WVU Center for Executive Education to create a customized Community Health Center Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) certificate program. This program targets community health center managers, provides career growth opportunities and introduces managers to others in similar positions.
The Certificate in Leadership program consists of a series of highly interactive sessions on a variety of business and management topics that guides participants to become more proactive and effective managers. Topics include transition to leadership, team building, data analysis and health informatics, communication skills, motivating and retaining employees, leading organizational change, medical ethics, health care financial accounting, and managing conflict.  This program is offered every two years.