Board Member Boot Camp

Sunday, August 30, 2020
Virtual only
Early Bird Registration Extended to August 12th!

Health centers operate in a changing and increasingly complex health care environment. It is important that health center board members understand the role of the board and their responsibilities as board members. Board Member Boot Camp starts with a review of board roles and responsibilities and provides a deep dive into several areas of responsibility including CEO oversight, various legal responsibilities, quality oversight, and financial oversight. Participants will also gain an understanding of where to access additional resources about health center board roles.

Who Should Attend?
Board Member Boot Camp is designed for new health center board members or health center board members that want a refresher about board roles.

Please note this program does not go into detail about co-applicant board roles or governance structures for public agencies, such as county or city health departments and universities, among others, that may receive grant funding under the Health Center Program.*

All times are Eastern time

11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Setting the Scene about Board Roles and CEO Oversight/Partnership
Boards of directors play a vital role in the overall success and sustainability of health centers. This segment will review the roles and responsibilities of the board at a high level. It will also address the role of the board in relation to the CEO, the important role the board plays in providing oversight of the CEO, and pillars of an effective board-CEO partnership.

Emily Heard, Director Health Center Governance, NACHC
Rashad A. Collins, Board Chair, Caring Health Center
Kim Schwartz, CEO, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Legal Considerations for Health Center Boards

Health center boards must ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws governing the operations of health care businesses. This section will include some discussion of the board’s legal roles including related to oversight of the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program and corporate compliance.

Jacqueline C. Leifer, Esq., Senior Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Quality Oversight

Providing quality health care services is central to the mission of health centers. The governing board has a critical role in providing oversight of the quality assurance and quality improvement program. This segment defines quality and discusses the board’s oversight role related to quality.

A. Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chief Transformation Officer and Medical Director, Mary’s Center
Donald L. Weaver, MD, Senior Advisor, Clinical Workforce, NACHC

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Financial Oversight

The board is responsible for safeguarding the organization’s assets. This segment covers the establishment of financial priorities for the health center, budget approval, internal control policies and procedures, long-range planning, financial statements, and the audit.

Mary L. Hawbecker, CPA, Senior Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer, NACHC
Gervean Williams, Director, Finance Training and Technical Assistance, NACHC

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Wrap Up, Action Planning, and Building on Your Learning

During this wrap up, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on items they will take back to their boards or implement to make themselves a more effective board member. Time will be devoted to discussing resources for ongoing learning about board roles.

Emily Heard, Director Health Center Governance, NACHC

More reasons to sign up for Boot Camp
Participants in Boot Camp can earn credits toward the NACHC Certificate in Health Center Governance Program! NACHC’s Certificate in Health Center Governance Program is designed for health center board members who wish to follow a formal path of training in the area of overall health center governance. To obtain certification, participants must complete a total of 31 contact hours through participation in education sessions offered at NACHC’s national conferences. Participation in Board Member Boot Camp is required and counts for 5 contact hours.

Board members can enroll in the Certificate in Health Center Governance Program on the MyNACHC Learning Center. (Visit and log in following the instructions. Information can be found under the “Governance Program” tab). If you need additional information or have questions about the program, contact

Each board member participating in Board Member Boot Camp virtually must be individually registered in order to be eligible to receive credits toward the NACHC Certificate in Health Center Governance.

Members: $225 on/before August 3 / $275 after August 3
Non-members:$450 on/before August 3 / $550 after August 3

Register NOW online!


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* For information on public center governance, please refer to the Public Centers Monograph.
** Initial schedule as of 6/19/20. Subject to change.