Begin typing your search above and press return to search. Press Esc to cancel.

LRI Leadership Academies

DHCS Academy

DHCS Academy is a custom-designed, comprehensive leadership program for managers and supervisors in the Department of Health Care Services. Its purpose is to improve the capacity of managers to meet the increasingly challenging task of effectively and efficiently administering the Medi-Cal program.

The DHCS Academy curriculum provides a comprehensive overview of the Medi-Cal program and its critical role in the California health care system. It addresses Medi-Cal eligibility and enrollment, benefit design, how services are provided to beneficiaries, and how Medi-Cal is financed. The curriculum also covers state operations and deepens participants’ understanding of the divisions and offices of DHCS and other state government entities involved in the administration of Medi-Cal. Finally, the curriculum addresses how Medicaid agencies have become increasingly sophisticated purchasers of health care, highlighting innovations in integrated care models and alternative payment arrangements that shift health care plans and providers away from structures that reward volume to those that reward value or outcomes.

During the program, all students complete a leadership project and they present their findings at the end of the Academy. The leadership projects focus on policy or operational issues that are outside of the students’ immediate area of responsibility and expertise. Students apply what they’ve learned in the Academy program, stretch their thinking, and engage in critical analysis to propose innovative approaches to current DHCS operational or policy challenges.

To date, nearly 300 participants have graduated from DHCS Academy.

“The DHCS Academy was an extraordinary experience. The instructors did a terrific job in setting the national context and dialogue around major changes in the health delivery systems, specifically, around Medicaid. The cohort has created a network of professional relationships with our peers that would not have existed without this opportunity.” – Cohort 1

DMHC Academy

DMHC Academy is a custom-designed, comprehensive leadership program for managers, supervisors and key staff in the Department of Managed Health Care. Its purpose is to increase the understanding and capacity of participants to implement critical policies and decisions related to managed care.

The DMHC Academy curriculum covers the history of DMHC and the legal framework for its work, the roles of DMHC’s various divisions, the market influences and policy issues it faces, its role in state government and the role of DMHC’s state partners. It also addresses how DMHC sets priorities and assesses its effectiveness to continually advance its mission, how it works with key stakeholder groups, and the impact the Department has in the managed health care market.

During the program, all students complete a “Value & Insight Project” and they present their project findings at the end of the Academy. The projects focus on policy or operational issues that are outside of the students’ immediate area of responsibility and expertise. Students apply what they’ve learned in the Academy program, stretch their thinking, and engage in critical analysis to propose innovative approaches to current DMHC operational or policy challenges.


Covered California Academy

Covered California Academy is a custom-designed leadership program intended to deepen the capacity of managers to successfully manage and lead the organization. The Academy is designed to develop leaders who:

  • Are well-prepared to achieve the mission, vision, values and strategic goals of Covered California;
  • Understand the intricacies of health care insurance and can navigate the organization through the complex changes and challenges facing state health benefit exchanges;
  • Demonstrate leadership skills that foster nimble and innovative thinking and action; and
  • Appreciate and demonstrate cross-divisional collaboration, trust-building and decision-making.

The Covered California Academy curriculum provides a detailed overview of the marketplace and the policy context for the role that Covered California plays and the work it does. It addresses the nature of health insurance and the implications for consumers and markets, and explores California’s plans, payers and health care delivery system. The curriculum also focuses on leadership and innovation, including what it means to lead in a complex, turbulent environment. Participants also learn about trends and projections moving into the future.

All students complete a leadership project and they present their findings at the end of the Academy. The leadership projects focus on policy or operational issues that are outside of the student’s immediate area of responsibility and expertise. Students apply what they’ve learned in the Academy program, stretch their thinking, and engage in critical analysis to provide Covered California with potential solutions to current challenges, and/or to raise awareness within the organization regarding important topics.