CHCF’s Quality Initiative Awards Grants to Eight Community Organizations
The Quality Initiative, a funded program of the California HealthCare Foundation, is distributing more than $2 million in grants to eight community-based organizations to "promote their involvement in health care quality issues." Groups receiving funding will "stimulate consumer demand for quality information, encourage development and public disclosure of quality measurement, and advocate for delivery of quality care." The recipients are:
California Black Health Network, $295,000, "to utilize community and church-based strategies to educate African American consumers about quality of care issues and enhance the community's effectiveness in addressing quality issues."
- Community Health Councils, Inc., $150,000, "to develop a consumer guide to the Medi-Cal 'report card,' illustrating how it and other quality measurement tools can be used to select a health plan." A critique of quality measurement tools will be conducted and recommended strategies for improving quality of care for Medi-Cal consumers will be disseminated to all stakeholders.
University of California-Riverside, $300,000, "to support Community Health Worker programs as viable community health systems for improving the quality of health for Latinos in California."
Public Health Institute, $300,000, "to train women health leaders in California to become health care quality 'champions.'"
- Sickle Cell Disease Foundation, $144,500, "to increase the ability of persons with sickle cell disease to demand quality care for pain management and improve communications between [sickle cell] patients and their providers."
University of California, San Francisco, $300,000, "to establish 24 community-based Consumer Action Groups that will organize efforts to educate local communities about existing evidence-based guidelines on diabetes and how to demand high quality diabetes care."
Western University of Health Sciences, Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions, $287,469, "to develop tools and strategies to help people with disabilities identify and obtain quality health care."
Women's Information Network Against Breast Cancer, $299,862, to help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at Martin Luther King University and Harbor/UCLA Medical Centers seek quality breast care according to evidence based guidelines and to improve interactions with their providers
(CHCF release, 4/20).
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