About the Catalyst Program ›

With funding from Blue Shield of California Foundation, CCI launches its sixth cohort of the Catalyst program. Inspired by Intuit Labs, we co-created our initial innovation and design thinking curriculum with the Innovation Consultancy at Kaiser Permanente and gravitytank, a design consultancy that is now part of Salesforce. We continue to grow our network of innovators in the safety net who lead efforts to transform the health system. Join us!

What It Means to Be a Catalyst

See a program evaluation from 2016.

Program Overview

We recognize that it takes time, space, and resources to innovate. To cultivate an environment where your team can learn and advance your projects, we provide in-depth training, ongoing coaching, an e-resource library, and a peer-learning community. You will also learn how to build a stronger team and dismantle disempowering hierarchy, cultivate a more experimental culture, and connect with your stakeholders in fulfilling and fun ways.

  • Training: Over the course of six months, Catalysts participate in six days of hands-on workshops where they learn to apply human-centered design methods to their project challenge. The June 28-29 workshop provides a venue for Catalysts to showcase their efforts to organizational sponsors and other innovators in the safety net community.
  • Ongoing Coaching: Catalysts learn from coaches who have experience executing human-centered design strategies within the safety net. We embed coaches in our in-person workshops, and Catalyst teams can call their coach for remote support.
  • Virtual Support: CCI maintains a resource library of webinars, tools and templates, method cards, and explanatory videos that teams can access at any time. Design practitioners also hold office hours and webinars throughout the program.
  • Funding: If your team is eligible, you will receive $15,000 in grant funding to offset staff time, travel, patient incentives, and other costs related to program activities and project development.
Click to enlarge: Catalyst Innovation & Design Thinking Framework

Apply to be a Catalyst!

Review the Request for Applications. For eligibility information, see page 3; applications prompts on page 8.

Attend the informational webinar to learn more about the program and applcation process.

Submit all application materials via this form by 5 pm PST on December 8, 2017.

2018 Program Timeline

November 1, 2017 — Request for Applications Released.

Review the RFA eligibility and application prompts here.

If you are not a safety net health care organization that would be eligible for the grant, you can still participate. To learn more, click here.

November 14, 2017 12-1 pm PST — Informational Webinar

The webinar provides an overview of the program and application. 

December 8, 2017 5pm PST — Application Deadline

January 19, 2018 — Cohort Announced

January 23, 2018 12-1:30 PM — Virtual Kickoff Webinar

All applicants: Please hold this date on your calendar.

Click to enlarge: Catalyst 2018 Roadmap

Key Resources

Download the Request for Applications for the 2018 Catalyst Program

See all Catalyst resources

The New Jersey Innovation Catalyst Initiative

In 2015 CCI partnered with The Nicholson Foundation to launch a new cohort of its Catalyst program among health centers in New Jersey. With a combination of grants and training in human-centered design and innovation, the program focused on encouraging empathy, exploration, experimentation and entrepreneurship. At the end of Phase 1, teams then proposed solutions they were interested in testing and implementing, and some teams received an additional grant, as well as further coaching and support.