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The Innovation Catalyst Program and New Jersey Innovation Catalyst Initiative

The Catalyst program creates a network of trained innovators who can introduce and champion innovation within their own organizations, and help other safety net organizations discover new ways to advance their work.

The Innovation Catalyst Program

Safety net organizations are transforming to meet the demands of our rapidly changing healthcare environment. In order to build resilient systems of care and treatment for their communities, they need to find innovative solutions to the problems facing them today.

The Center for Care Innovations (CCI) and The Innovation Consultancy at Kaiser Permanente, with funding from the Blue Shield of California Foundation and additional funding from Kaiser Permanente, are partnering to launch the third cohort of the Innovation Catalyst Program. Building on the experience and successes of our first two years of this program, we aim to grow a network of trained innovators in the safety net who can lead the fight to transform care. As skilled innovation champions, Catalysts will be a key resource to help other safety net organizations apply innovation and design skills and discover new ways to advance their work.

Read an evaluation of the Catalyst pilot year.

Explore the Catalyst network portal at

The 2015 Innovation Catalyst Program includes two components that will support the development and testing of innovative concepts in the health care safety net. First, CCI will expand our network of trained innovators who can apply innovation and design skills to projects across their organization and help the safety net as a whole start thinking in new ways. We are also looking to then support fresh and compelling ideas, developed by this cohort of Catalysts that have the potential to significantly improve care and lower costs.

CCI is excited to announce the 2015 cohort of innovation catalyst grantees! This year we have one group of California-based clinics supported by BSCF. A second group of organizations outside of California is supported by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit.

BSCF-supported Organizations
Alameda Health System
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
La Maestra Family Clinic
LifeLong Medical Care
Olive View UCLA Medical Center
Petaluma Health Center
Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties
Riverside County Health System
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Jose Foothill Family Community Clinic
West County Health Centers
KP Community Benefit-supported Organizations
Old Town Clinic and Central City Concern
Oregon Primary Care Association
Rinehart Clinic
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic


Click here to download the orientation webinar slides

The New Jersey Innovation Catalyst Initiative

The New Jersey Innovation Catalyst Initiative (the Initiative) is designed to help safety net healthcare organizations solve problems by thinking and working differently, considering what’s possible rather than just what’s feasible. Building on CCI’s success with similar initiatives in California, The Nicholson Foundation and CCI aim to grow a network of trained innovators (“Catalysts”) in organizations that serve New Jersey’s safety net, who can lead care transformation efforts. Our objective is to support leaders who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of human-centered design, building or improving innovation strategies, and applying them to critical challenges in their organizations.

With grants of up to $35,000, with additional reimbursement for travel costs, the Initiative is divided into two phases. In Phase 1, with a grant of $10,000, each selected organization’s team of three to five receives training in human-centered design and innovation. The curriculum focuses on four key areas: Empathy, Exploration, Experimentation, and Entrepreneurship. Then they apply these skills to the problems identified in their proposals to create innovative solutions.

In phase 2, the initiative supports testing of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly impact the focus areas outlined below to improve care for safety net populations. At the end of Phase 1, teams will have proposed the solution they would be interested in testing and implementing in Phase 2. Teams that progress to the second phase will be eligible to receive an additional $25,000, as well as further coaching and support. In this phase the Initiative will focus on projects that seek to improve access to care, increase patient engagement, or address social determinants of health.

Grantee Organizations
CompleteCare Health Network
Henry J. Austin Health Center
New Jersey Primary Care Association
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group Inc.
Hospital Alliance of New Jersey

Click here to download the RFA.


To download the slides from the orientation webinar, click here.