Celebrating our Achievements: CIN Advanced Racial Health Equity and More

The California Improvement Network (CIN), a project of the California Health Care Foundation that is managed by Healthforce Center at UCSF, is a community of health care professionals that has been striving since 2005 to identify and spread ideas to improve health care delivery in California. CIN’s most recent cycle — the last two and a half years — was especially challenging due to the pandemic. Despite making its activities entirely virtual, CIN sustained and strengthened relationships across health care silos and inspired actions to improve care in California.

Partnering to Solve Complex Problems: Advice from Dr. Sunita Mutha

“Show up fully. Move at a slow enough pace that you can be creative together. Leave room to be delighted. Be overly communicative.”

This advice about how to build and nurture partnerships in the face of complex health care challenges was offered by Dr. Sunita Mutha, director of Healthforce Center at UCSF. 

Reflections on Leadership: Being Intentional About How to Approach What’s Next

By Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, Director of Healthforce Center

As we look forward from this recent presidential election, there is a lot to celebrate given the huge success of “get out the vote” efforts. However we might feel about the results of the state and presidential elections, there are important reflections about where we are at this moment in time and how we prepare for what’s ahead of us still. 

Innovations, Failures, and Leadership Lessons During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On September 18, Dr. Mitch Katz, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals, shared with California Improvement Network (CIN) partners at the fall CIN partner meeting about his experience leading the largest public health care system in the United States as it became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020.

Reflections on Addressing Social Needs During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in every possible way in a short amount of time. While the spread of COVID-19 and the economic effects of shelter in place have impacted everyone to varying degrees across California, the gaping social disparities underscored by the pandemic make clear that addressing social needs that impact health is more important than ever. What changes are health care providers seeing and how is the role of health care evolving in this context?

A Road Map for CIN in 2020-21

The California Improvement Network (CIN) is a learning and action network that aims to advance the Quadruple Aim by identifying and spreading better ideas for care delivery. The network is fueled by the energy and innovations of its partner and member organizations. CIN is a project of the California Health Care Foundation and managed by Healthforce Center at UCSF.

Health Care’s Problems Too Big to Handle Alone

By Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, Director of Healthforce Center

The challenges facing health care are too big for individuals or individual organizations to handle alone. Solving these problems requires collaboration among payors, plans, foundations, educational institutions, and health care systems in both the safety net and commercial sectors. It requires health care leaders to see themselves as change agents working together toward similar goals.

The California Improvement Network in 2018: Connections, Learning and Action

As we close up the year, it’s a great opportunity to look back on what we’ve accomplished. The California Improvement Network (CIN), a community that aims to spread better ideas for care delivery, had a busy year establishing connections, learning about quality improvement ideas and innovations, and taking actions to improve care. 

After Some Hurdles, California Whole Person Care Pilots Hit Stride

The California Improvement Network (CIN), which is a project of the California Health Care Foundation and administered by Healthforce Center at UCSF, is a community of health care professionals dedicated to driving improvements in patient and provider experience and population health, while lowering the cost of care. As part of its efforts to spread better ideas for care delivery, the network finds, documents and shares innovative quality improvement projects throughout the state.

Beyond the Exam Room: Social Needs That Impact Health

By April Watson, CIN Managing Partner, Director, Practice Transformation Initiative, California Quality Collaborative