This podcast is about strengthening the health and wellbeing of historically underinvested communities. Every episode offers new ideas and practical advice that you can apply today.

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“Addiction has traditionally been approached as a social problem, not as a health problem. But the reality is that it’s actually a chronic disease.”

What is the best way to convince people in our country to get vaccinated?
One sure-fire way NOT to do so: Argue with a COVID vaccine skeptic until you are both worn out. Instead, tailor the solution…

The IMAT Index was developed as a practical, easy-to-use quality improvement tool for primary care clinics treating substance use disorders.

“We had no idea what was in store for us during the pandemic,” said CCI program director Megan O’Brien of the statewide learning collaborative on ACEs we launched with UCSF. Find out what we learne…

The online tools to help patients book their own visits and fill out virtual screens were difficult to roll out but well worth the effort.

It might seem as though nonprofits, clinics, and hospitals working to prevent and heal childhood trauma would be especially sensitive to trauma, burnout, and toxic or abusive behavior at the workplace…

Before the coronavirus struck, a Los Angeles-based healthy fast-food chain called Everytable had just received funding to expand its operations. During the pandemic, it pivoted from a retail model bui…

In the wake of the lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Neighborhood Healthcare did what many health care organizations did — it quickly pivoted to telemedicine. But some of its ailing low-in…

Safety net clinics reported that their work in the collaborative strengthened their ability to respond to the traumas of 2020.

On September 22, the California ACEs Learning and Quality Improvement Collaborative (CALQIC) held its kick-off session for members on childhood trauma, screening, resilience, and healing.
Adverse chi…

We can’t solve health inequities in a vacuum. To truly eliminate health disparities, it’s crucial to involve patients and the community and co-design solutions with them.
In the second part of our le…

“Equity cannot be a ‘project’. If it’s framed as a project, it is going to be very hard for it to be successful.” –Tosan Boyo, COO, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
When Tosan Boy…

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Interfaith Community Services of San Diego saw a tsunami of people seeking emergency food and shelter. “We’re seeing people we’ve never seen before,” said…

IsoCare is a doctor-led volunteer organization set up to bridge an important gap in health care: the lack of support for patients ordered by their physician to quarantine or self-isolate at home.
It…

When a northern California health coach brainstormed with a client with diabetes about how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 lockdown, they came up with an epiphany: Online Zumba classes with her gr…

“I was giving people a piece of paper about how to do self-isolation, knowing full well they were going to go to Costco to pick up supplies on the way home, and the driver was going to go to work th…

Dan Kurywchak is on a mission to save you from yourself – technologically, that is.

Some clinics in the safety net have had to lay off workers. This place had another idea.

When Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) of Oregon got word that the state was ordering a lockdown to protect r…

“Our goal was the health of this community. With COVID, I was watching the intense focus on healthcare and the vacuum around it getting bigger and bigger. We wanted to bridge that gap.” — Dr. Mini K…

It wasn’t the first time Dr. Rachel Stern heard some of her primary care patients sharing wildly inaccurate, even dangerous advice about COVID-19.
As she conducted telephone visits to San Francisco…

“I’ve done a lot of tabletop exercises for pandemic preparedness – that’s all been very valuable, but of course, it is nothing like being in an actual pandemic.”

Contra Costa Health Services had a problem. Health workers knew their safety net patients needed help with transportation, and not just to medical appointments. In this sprawling county, marked by far…

Last week I got my first glimpse of health care in the age of COVID-19.
Two days before Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Californians to “shelter in place” — that is, to stay home — my teenage son L…

CHCN is a technology innovation hub. And on top of everything else, CHCN is working furiously to boost the health centers’ HEDIS ratings — a set of quality improvement measures that can translate…