The California Improvement Network (CIN) is a learning and action community that advances equitable health care experiences and outcomes for Californians through cross-sector connections, spreading good ideas, and implementing improvements. The 2023-2024 cycle of CIN supports the future state of health care in California by bringing together health care organizations (HCOs), such as providers, payers, and supporters, with community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide nutrition, housing, legal, and other services.
In January 2023, CIN will embark on its next cycle to pursue its guiding vision: A future in which all people can experience person-centered care that results in improved and equitable health care experiences and outcomes. This requires access to and coordination of health and social services in every community.
CIN is a project of the California Health Care Foundation and managed by Healthforce Center at UCSF, which creates a collective force for health, equity, and action.
What Is a Learning and Action Network?
CIN accelerates the spread of health care improvement innovations through:
- Connection: Meetings and other opportunities to build and strengthen connections among partners and members to increase improvement capacity.
- Learning: Speakers, workshops, and other resources that advance knowledge and skills for leaders.
- Action: Partners and members implement improvements in their organizations.
Three Priority Areas to Accelerate the Spread of Innovation
Through a collaborative process that incorporates the strategic priorities of partners and the broader network, CIN develops three critical priority areas for each two-year cycle. In the last cycle they were:
- Resilient leadership: This is the foundation for all improvement efforts.
- Addressing social needs that impact health: Health begins where people live, work, and play.
- Providing care differently: Adopting new methods and future thinking for care delivery.
These priorities reflect CIN’s commitment to provide timely and useful knowledge that enables leaders to learn and incorporate leading-edge practices and concepts into improvement efforts. CIN provides technical assistance, programming, resources, and activities to support advancements in these priority areas. The priority areas will be updated soon for the 2023-2024 cycle.
|Priority Area||Resilient leadership
This is the foundation for all improvement efforts
|Addressing social needs that impact health
Health begins where people live, work, and play
|Providing care differently
Adopting new methods and future
thinking for care delivery
|CIN Goals||Establish and maintain a network of strong, resilient health care leaders and organizations able to drive continuous improvement efforts||Understand, create, and implement effective methods for addressing all factors that influence health and well-being||Improve care outcomes, increase access, and reduce costs by reconsidering and expanding the modes, methods, sites, and the roles within the health care workforce|
Who’s a Part of CIN?
CIN is made up of these types of participants:
- Members are anyone engaged or interested in health care improvement who has signed up to receive CIN content. Members have access to curated resources and opportunities for learning and capacity building. Anyone can be a member.
- Partners are health care providers, payers, and supporters (HCOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). Partners engage in a shared governance model, define priorities for learning and action, co-design network activities, and advance the network’s aim across the health care ecosystem. Partners are selected through an application process every two years.
- Managing partners are a subset of partners who make up the leadership structure. Alongside CHCF and the Healthforce Center program office, managing partners set strategy and allocate resources that contribute to the overall impact of CIN.
- The program office team, based at Healthforce Center at UCSF, provides strategic and operational support for CIN and is responsible for implementing all network activities, including partner meetings, knowledge sharing, and supporting action.
What Does CIN Offer?
For our partners, CIN programming typically includes:
- Four partner convenings (two one-day sessions per year; one in-person and one virtual)
- Priority area work groups for in-depth peer learning
- Expert training sessions, workshops and webinars, toolkits, and other resources
- Newsletters and podcasts to spark learning and innovation
- Funding for action projects to support implementation efforts (three partners per cycle)
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