Encore Fellows in Community Health Centers (EFCHC) pairs former corporate professionals with health centers in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, and San Diego to strengthen the operational capacity of these critically important health care providers. Through this innovative program, Encore fellows bring extensive skills and experience as well as new approaches to address the challenges faced by community health centers — institutions that provide care to four million Californians.
Participating clinics gain new expertise in financial management, human resources, information technology, process improvement, and strategic planning. Fellows, who are experienced professionals at or near retirement, have the opportunity to use the skills gained in their former roles to make a difference, earn a stipend, and learn about transitioning to work in the nonprofit sector.
The Encore Fellows in Community Health Centers program works to ensure an organizational fit between the host and fellow, and facilitates a successful placement though a rigorous vetting process and ongoing support. The health center begins by defining the project goals, and a fellow with appropriate skills commits to a yearlong, part-time position, reporting to the health center's management team. Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend for an approximately 1,000-hour assignment.
The community health centers program is a member of the Encore Fellows Network (EFN), a network of similar programs launched by Encore.org (formerly known as Civic Ventures) that puts experience to work in communities across the United States.
To learn more about this program, apply for a fellowship, or apply to host a fellow, visit the Encore Fellows in Community Health Centers website.
In the video below, Roger Lewis, a former human resources executive who works with the Gardner Family Health Network, talks about what motivated him to join the program.
In the video below, Reymundo Espinoza, CEO of San Jose-based Gardner Family Health Network, reflects on how hosting an Encore fellow helped advance Gardner's goal of managing growth and continuously improving quality.