California Health Care Improvement Projects (CHIPs)

Ako Jacinto presents his CHIP

California Health Care Improvement Projects (CHIPs) are designed by CHCF Health Care Leadership Program participants with the goal of addressing meaningful challenges or opportunities in health care. 

Browse CHIPs to leverage the work of CHCF alumni and find opportunities to collaborate in order to improve health for Californians.

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Improving Mental Health for Children of Military Families in Contra Costa County

Rina Shah

Project Goal: To engage community organizations to identify the needs and create mental health solutions for children of military families.

October 26, 2020
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Role Clarity: the Corner Stone of Share the Care

Miriam Sheinbein

Project Goal: After completing a series of role clarification exercises in the first half of 2020, our teamlets, made up of primary care providers and medical assistants, will report an improvement in role clarity, in their teamlet relationship, and that they have the tools and training to succeed in their role; a more equal sense of personal job responsibility; and reduced burnout.

October 26, 2020
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Doing More with the Same: Improving Specialty Access and Communication in the Safety Net

Neha Gupta

Project Goal: Implement eConsult in at least 20 specialties by December 2019, leverage eConsult mechanism for at least 25% of all referrals by August 2020, and reduce backlog to specialty care by 50% by August 2020. 

October 22, 2020
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Busting the Visit Buster: A Tele-Behavioral Health Intervention for Managing Acute Psychosocial Crises in Primary Care

Elizabeth Horevitz

Project Goal: To improve access to needed behavioral health services for patients and reduce the frequency of providers reporting unmet need for same-day behavioral health services for complex psychosocial issues.

October 22, 2020
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Meeting Acute Care Patients’ Behavioral Health and Social Needs through Multi-Disciplinary Partnership

Hemal Kanzaria

Project Goal: Sustain and expand the ZSFG Social Medicine program by September 2020 via a) Securing $2M in financial support to grow team; b) Investing in staff engagement and professional development, and assessing measures of teamwork and engagement; c) Developing new internal and external cross-sector partners to expand service delivery – e.g., housing + substance use linkage; d) Scaling this team-based model of care to ZSFG inpatient and psychiatric units, and 1 outside hospital; e) Tracking # patients served, # admissions/readmissions averted, % reduction in return ED visits, % reduction in non-billable lower-level-of-care inpatient days; and f) Disseminating work via academic publication and other forums.

October 22, 2020
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“Psychiatry Cares” Urgent Psychiatry Pathway

Mercedes Kwiatkowski

Project Goal: To provide virtual psychiatric consultation to 10 patients per week with urgent psychiatric needs within 72 hours of seeing their PCP. This will decrease levels of PCP burnout, decrease number of urgent referrals to psychiatry, and increase percentage of referrals accepted by psychiatry. 

October 22, 2020
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Spreading ACEs and Trauma-Informed Care at Santa Rosa Community Health

Deirdre Bernard-Pearl

Project Goal: The goal of the project was to train all staff at Santa Rosa Community Health on Trauma-Informed Care and ACEs screening and to begin universal ACEs screening by 2021.

October 22, 2020
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