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Primary Care Association and Health Center Controlled Network New Leader Institute Program

Primary Care Association and Health Center Controlled Network New Leader Institute Program

Virtual Kick-off: Wednesday February 28, 2024
12:00pm – 4:00pm ET

In-Person Closing: June 2024
Apply No Later Than February 23, 2024

If you are interested in participating or would like to participate as a mentor, apply today! Spots are limited to 35 participants.


The Primary Care Association (PCA) and Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) New Leaders Institute (NLI) is designed to provide interactive and action-oriented learning and engagement opportunities for new and emerging PCA and HCCN leaders.

This five-month module-based program incorporates core competency development with peer networking and mentoring to create a multi-faceted approach to learning and growing as a leader in your respective network or association.

Expanding on the all-virtual pilot program, this NLI will incorporate both in-person and live virtual components across a five-month program.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop crucial working relationships with key partners such as NACHC staff, HRSA staff, and PCA/HCCN peers.
  2. Apply advanced techniques to enhance staff, board, and member communication and engagement.
  3. Validate and utilize core leadership competencies required to be successful strategic leaders.

Target Audience:

New and aspiring PCA or HCCN leaders. Participants do not need to be a member of the c-suite but should have general knowledge of a PCA and HCCN as we will not focus on the foundational differences. Applicants who are not the CEO/Executive Director will need a statement of support from their supervisor to participate.


A minimum of 5 years in a c-suite/leadership role at a PCA or HCCN (does not need to be a CEO). Seasoned and legacy leaders who would like an opportunity to share their experiences in the movement to shape and guide the future leaders who will eventually fill their shoes.

What to Expect:

Core Competency Development: Advance knowledge and skill through monthly virtual core content modules, inclusive of pre-work, live engagement with module faculty, and implementation activities.

Online Community: The hub of the program, this online community houses all learning materials and provides a safe space for peer discussion and resource sharing.
Mentor Groups: While the Institute model allows for intensive peer networking and sharing, the embedded cohort specific small group mentoring provides participants a direct connection to senior leaders in the field for small group discussion and engagement. Learn from their career experiences and their legacy of excellence in leadership of the health center movement.

Virtual Engagement: The online community, ½ day virtual Kick-off on February 28, 2024, monthly live virtual sessions, and group mentor meetings will take place via Zoom, February 2024 – May 2024.
In-Person Closing: June 2024 (TBD), Washington, DC. Join together in-person to celebrate our 5-month journey together, action plan for the future, and participate in both NACHC and HRSA orientation and alignment sessions.

Certificate of Completion: Demonstrate your commitment to personal growth and your commitment to excellence for your organization by completing all requirements to earn a certificate of completion. The following requirements must be met to earn a Certificate of Completion:

  • Comment in each module’s application exercise to demonstrate attendance and/or review of recording if you were unable to attend the live session.
  • Engage on a weekly basis in the online community by posting a new comment or responding to a peer request (verified by # of posts)
  • Attend both the in-person Kick-off and Closing sessions

Requirements of Participation:

This program is designed to be a comprehensive experience, with attendance at the Kick-off and Closing sessions required.

  • All virtual sessions will be recorded (breakout discussion may not be recorded) so that if you have a conflict with a scheduled content module, you can review the recording as needed.
  • This is NOT a drop-in program where you can selectively choose which components you intend to participate in.
  • By applying for participation, you are agreeing to be an active participant in all components of the Institute. See the tentative “At A Glance” for course schedule and anticipated monthly time commitment required for the program below.


  • Early Bird Registration Rate: $300 (closes Monday, February 19, 2024)
  • Regular Registration Rate: $500 (closes Friday, February 23, 2024)
    o Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to attend the in-person session
    o PCA/HCCN leaders who serve as a mentor and/or faculty will be offered a small honorarium for offering their time and expertise to the program’s success.

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Feb 28 2024


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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    • Early Bird Registration Rate: $300 (closes Monday, February 19, 2024)
    • Regular Registration Rate: $500 (closes Friday, February 23, 2024)

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