About CIN

The California Improvement Network (CIN) is a community where you can learn better ideas for care delivery through webinars, workshops, and meetings focused on techniques to improve the patient experience and the health of populations while lowering the cost of health care.

CIN is a CHCF project managed by Healthforce Center at UCSF, an organization dedicated to helping health care organizations drive and navigate change.

Recognizing the traditionally slow diffusion of innovation within and across health care provider communities, CHCF established CIN in 2005 to help providers share better practices in chronic disease care. Seven public and private organizations joined the network in 2007 to help each other (and others) learn about, adopt, and replicate practices that had been proven to improve care delivery. CIN has grown to include 15 partner organizations and 4,500 members who are not only implementing best practices, but also developing them. The next group of partner organizations will be announced in December.

In phase 6 of CIN, from 2017 to 2018, a small group of people from improvement organizations and groups representing primary care providers in California will serve as managing partners of CIN. Working closely with leaders from CHCF and the CIN program office at Healthforce, the managing partners group will set CIN's strategic priorities. The phase 6 managing partners group includes:

  • Christine Castano, MD, VP Medical Director, HealthCare Partners, a DaVita Medical Group
  • Robert Moore, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Partnership HealthPlan of California
  • Suzie Shupe, JD, CEO, Redwood Community Health Coalition
  • Diane Stewart, MBA, Senior Director, California Quality Collaborative

Also serving as managing partners are representatives from CHCF and the CIN program office:

  • Kathryn E. Phillips, MPH, Senior Program Officer, CHCF
  • Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, Director, Healthforce Center at UCSF (CIN program office representative)

CIN is committed to capturing and disseminating new ideas through webinars, occasional workshops, and partner meeting reports, freely available to all.