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Our History

CCI began as a unique collaboration between Tides and The California Endowment in 1999 to provide grants, evidence-based programming and training for community health centers. Since our founding, CCI has acted as a catalyst for California’s health care safety net to take risks, explore creative solutions and emerge as a model to emulate.

CCI has always been a place to connect and collaborate and we’ve created innovative programs with funders like the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation, Kaiser Permanente — Northern and Southern California Regions and the California Mental Health Services Authority. We have also served as the fiscal agent for cutting-edge projects that were related to our program areas. We’ve done this work since 1999, because we believe the health care safety net gets stronger with each connection made and each innovation shared. The health challenges facing underserved communities — and those who seek to strengthen them — are enormous. But so are our field’s shared knowledge, creativity and resources when we choose to seek solutions together. After more than a decade, we remain steadfast in our founding belief that when the right people, ideas and resources come together, resilient systems of care and treatment will be built — and quality health care will be available to every Californian.



Community Clinics Initiative founded


Y2K program


Information Technology program launched


Community Clinic Voice founded


Building Capacities program launched

Major Capital Campaign Gifts program launched

Managing Ambulatory Health Care Program launched


First annual Medical Directors Alumni Convening


Funders Fostering Technology for Quality


California Networks for EHR Adoption launched

Integrated Behavioral Health Project launched


Green Building grants


Networking for Community Health program launched

Tools for Quality Program launched


Enrollment Modernization (CCI acted as fiscal sponsor)


First Class Users Experience (CCI acted as fiscal sponsor)

CalMHSA Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Program launched

Health Home Innovation Fund program launched

Community Health Center Innovations program launched


Optimizing Patient Experience through Staff and Provider Communication program launched

Safety Net Innovation Network launched

Regional Information for Shared Excellence program


CCI becomes the Center for Care Innovations


Safety Net Innovation Challenge program launched

Innovation Catalyst program launched

Innovation Center for the Safety Net launched

Engaging Patients to Improve Care program launched

Texting for Better Care program launched


Spreading Innovations program launched

CCI selected by the Full Circle Fund as its first health sector grant partner

Expanding Access through Team Care program launched

Advancing Communication Excellence program launched

Safety Net Analytics Program launched

Catalyst 2014 program launched

Building Systems of Care in the Safety Net for High-Utilizing Patients program launched

Cultivate Fund program launched


Co-Design for Better Care program launched

Spreading Innovations 2015 program launched

Catalyst 2015 program launched

New Jersey Innovation Catalyst Initiative program launched

PHASE program launched

Transforming Clinical Practices program launched


Reimagined Care Challenge program launched

The New Agenda program launched

Strengthening Clinics Through Aligned Leadership program launched

Capitation Payment Preparedness program launched