The California Health Care Foundation has named licensed psychologist and behavioral health executive Peter Currie senior vice president of program strategy and innovation. He will begin at the foundation on Aug.1.
Currently, he serves as senior director of clinical transformation and integration for Inland Empire Health Plan in Rancho Cucamonga, California, a public health plan serving more than 1.1 million Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids and Medicare dual-eligible members in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
Peter attributes much of the progress at the Inland Empire Health Plan to having participated in Healthforce Center’s two-year California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Program.
“It validated and sharpened my message and work within the health plan. The program helped me develop the skills to articulate a vision for change, get buy-in from top leadership, and communicate with and rally partners outside of the health plan around a common vision for improved care,” Peter says.
Especially helpful was the high-level coaching in building the business case for integration; communicating with language a CFO understands; and creating programs that are sustainable and have outcomes that are financial, not just clinical, he says. Peter drew on his new skills and knowledge to lead several successful initiatives, including a non-profit center for assessing autism in children in the Inland Empire region; and a pilot program for severely mentally ill patients. The pilot reduced emergency department visits and psychiatric bed days, and produced an average 25 percent savings in costs.