Who Is Eligible?
California-based safety net healthcare organizations that provide comprehensive primary care services to underserved populations are eligible to apply. Organizations must be nonprofit and tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code (IRC) or a governmental, tribal, or public entity. This includes:
- Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and FQHC Look-Alikes
- Community clinics, rural health clinics, and free clinics
- Ambulatory care clinics owned and operated by public hospitals
- Indian Health Services Clinics
Regional clinic consortia and statewide clinic associations are not eligible to apply.
What Makes a Strong Applicant?
CCI is interested in attracting organizations that will succeed in the network, meaning that they have a readiness for change and the infrastructure in place to make it happen. We are counting on applicants to honestly access their capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses when applying. This is not a basic or entry level network, but an opportunity to expand and elevate population health activities already underway.
Preference will be given based on the following desired criteria, though organizations do not need to meet all of these benchmarks to apply:
- Serve at least 10,000 unduplicated patients per year.
- Established and defined care teams.
- An electronic health record that has been in practice for at least one year.
- Most patients empaneled to clinicians and/or care teams.
- Some data infrastructure in place. For example, data governance is established and data validation processes are in place for at least three clinical measures.
- Financial organizational stability to allow teams in the network the time and resources to test and make care delivery changes, with or without payment mechanisms in place.
- Health information technology capacity. For example, use of a population health reporting tool.
- Actively working on care delivery transformation efforts in at least four PHLN core content areas.
This network is intended to be flexible and responsive to the needs of participants, so we ask each organization to act as a partner in shaping the network by committing to the following:
- Engaged Leadership: Successful organizations will require leadership that is committed to engaging in care delivery changes to support high-quality health care.
- Continuity & Dedicated Team: At least three individuals are required to be committed to the learning network to promote continuity, with a maximum of five members per organization participating in core network activities (e.g., in-person convenings and evaluation interviews). The team should include:
- At least one senior leader with decision making authority and who is responsible for communicating information up and down the organization; and
- Two management level staff that have a significant role in your organization’s population health management efforts and may manage care teams responsible for executing population health activities.
- Other organization staff will be able to participate in other network offerings, such as workshops and webinars as desired.
- Participation in Network Activities & Dedication to Sharing: Team members are expected to fully participate in network activities, and share lessons learned by presenting examples of project successes and challenges at learning sessions and in other opportunities.
- Evaluation: Teams are expected to provide feedback to CCI and network evaluators to refine and improve the network content and delivery methods through activities like quarterly surveys, phone interviews, and onsite visits. Participants will also be asked to complete an assessment at the beginning and end of their time in the network. Year two grantees are expected to work closely with an external evaluator to identify metrics, collect data, and share stories about impact of the work.
- Organize and Facilitate Peer Connections: Teams are expected to participate on at least two in-person visits to peer organizations in the PHLN or exemplar organizations located in California or elsewhere in the US. Teams are also expected to a host an organization to visit their site or facilitate a virtual peer exchange with at least one other organization in the PHLN to exchange best practices and challenges on specific topics.
- Desire to be Care Delivery Transformation Leader: Teams in the network should be excited to take a lead in building cultures of care delivery transformation in their organizations, want to share and learn from peers about challenges and best practices, and strive toward being a “bright spot” in California around this work.