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.

CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Announces New Class of Fellows (2018–2020)

Thirty-two clinical leaders have been selected to participate in the California Health Care Foundation’s Health Care Leadership Program to expand their management skills and meet the challenges facing our state’s health care system.

The leadership program is a part-time fellowship that offers clinically trained health care professionals hands-on opportunities to develop the decisionmaking, strategic planning, and executive skills they need to excel as multifaceted leaders.

At the Center of San Francisco's Safety Net, the CEO Leans In

Photo: Susan Ehrlich, MD, MPP, the CEO of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, presides over one of California’s most important safety-net institutions. Photo by: Josh Edelson

Story source: California Health Care Foundation

by Tracy Seipel, Freelance Writer

Community Health Leaders’ Workforce Concerns: Talent and Provider Burnout

By Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP and Jackie Miller

An imminent talent gap and provider burnout are threatening the viability and strength of California’s safety net, according to a newly released Healthforce Center at UCSF survey reflecting on-the-ground responses from senior leaders. One hundred and sixty-one safety net health care leaders across California responded to our survey, which aimed to unearth organizations’ biggest workforce challenges. 

San Joaquin Health Plan CEO Built the Plane as She Was Flying It

Photo: Health Plan of San Joaquin CEO Amy Shin, right, meets with Chief Information Officer Cheron Vail. Photo: Craig Sanders.

Story source: California Health Care Foundation

by Tracy Seipel, Freelance Writer

6 Secrets to Planning a Spectacular Event

by Healthforce leadership staff: Marie Hubbard, Alleysha Mullen and Christina Travlos

Beyond the Exam Room: Social Needs That Impact Health

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

Leadership Alum's Project Continues to Bear Fruit (and Vegetables)

As a fellow in the  CHCF Health Care Leadership Program, Dr. Wei An Lee, an endocrinologist at Los Angeles County+University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center, developed a medical innovation incubator that aimed to reduce the fragmented care so commonly received by patients with chronic disease. His project contributed to the establishment of a weekly farmers market featured in the video below. 

The farmers market is open to staff, patients and the community at large.