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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.

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

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