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Partner Profile: A Conversation with Sarun S. Chan

May 13, 2024

The Health Care Improvement Foundation’s (HCIF) Partner Profiles highlight the efforts of valued and innovative health leaders. Our partners’ work supports HCIF’s vision of healthier communities through equitable, accessible, and quality health care. For years, Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition (PAHLC) has prioritized the needs of its regional and statewide community partners through the Immigrant Health […]

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Partner Profile: A Conversation with Scott Cowan, MD, FACS

April 12, 2024

The Health Care Improvement Foundation’s (HCIF) Partner Profiles highlight the efforts of valued and innovative health leaders. Our partners’ work supports HCIF’s vision of healthier communities through equitable, accessible, and quality health care. We are pleased to feature Dr. Scott Cowan of Jefferson Health to share more about his reflections on patient safety and quality […]

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Staff Profile: A Conversation with Kelly Rand, DrPH

April 11, 2024

Kelly Rand joins HCIF as the Senior Director of Community Health and Engagement. Previously, Kelly spent 11 years at the American Board of Internal Medicine and their Foundation where she helped develop their health equity and diversity, equity, and inclusion work and acted as the foundation’s program officer for their Building Trust and Choosing Wisely […]

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HCIF Board Member Profile: A Conversation with Dr. Mark Mullen

March 20, 2024

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) is featuring our partners on our website and in our monthly newsletter. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight your work and contributions to improving the health of people in Philadelphia and beyond. We hope these profiles will give our readers a better understanding of the breadth […]

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Nothing About Me Without Me – Observing National Patient Recognition Week

February 21, 2024

February 1st-7th, 2024 was National Patient Recognition Week. This annual observance provides an opportunity for reflection on the importance of partnership with patients in every aspect of care, from developing care-related goals to sharing in decision-making about a treatment or procedure. With the considerable knowledge patients bring to their care, it is critical to consider […]

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Letter From The President: Facing Forward in 2024

February 7, 2024

I typically start the new year reflecting on the previous year, but there are so many exciting things happening for HCIF as we begin 2024 that I am disinclined to look backward. Instead, I am delighted to share a variety of organizational and programmatic updates that will launch us into the new year. First, we […]

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HCIF staff members address diversity, proximity, equity, and justice in the Fall 2023 Proximity Project cohort”

January 19, 2024

This fall, HCIF staff members, Lauren Eckel, Liz Owens and Sehrish Rashid had the pleasure of participating in the Fall 2023 Proximity Project: Healthcare cohort. A unique eight-week virtual cohort experience for leaders in the healthcare industry (health systems, public health, academic medicine, community-based health services, etc.) who want to go deeper in their engagement […]

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President’s Update: Observing Health Literacy Month: Health Literacy IS Health Equity

October 13, 2023

Imagine being pregnant and going into labor. You rush to the hospital where you are excitedly awaiting the birth of the child. You speak very little English, but know that the doctors and support staff will take good care of you. You are getting deeper into the final stages of labor, are in pain, and […]

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Excellence in Health Care Awards – 20 Year Report

October 13, 2023

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Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium 2023

October 13, 2023

Esperanza College hosted their annual Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium this year on October 13, 2023. This full day in-person event welcomed students for continued learning on diabetes education, prevention, and management. HCIF continued to serve as the event’s lead sponsor this year, through the funding provided by Novo Nordisk to support Cities Changing Diabetes. […]

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Health Equity Data Strategy Collaborative SOGI Survey Report

October 13, 2023

HCIF’s Health Equity Data Strategy Collaborative recently administered a survey to understand how participating hospitals and healthsystems are collecting and utilizing sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) information. Responding organizations received an aggregate report, as well as a customized report that highlights their current practices. This infographic report features details of the survey administration, as […]

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HCIF Facilitates Cross-Sector Collaboration Through Cities Changing Diabetes – Philadelphia

September 8, 2023

Cities Changing Diabetes – Philadelphia (CCD) is an HCIF-led project that integrates community-driven and place-based approaches across multiple sectors to address obesity, diabetes, and their social drivers in the city’s historically vulnerable and underserved communities. Funded by Novo Nordisk, CCD – Philadelphia promotes chronic disease awareness and addresses key social drivers of health through partnerships […]

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HCIF Hosts Gun Violence Prevention Workshop

September 8, 2023

On June 22, 2023, the Health Care Improvement Foundation’s (HCIF) Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) hosted an in-person Safety Forum workshop, “Gun Violence Prevention in the Hospital Setting”. PPC Safety Forums bring together health professionals to collaborate and share knowledge on enhancing safety in healthcare environments. Past forums have covered diverse topics, such as workplace […]

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Nature Inspires a Day of Team Building and Creative Energy – HCIF’s Staff Retreat

September 8, 2023

In the middle of Philadelphia sits an oasis of nature and beauty, rivaling some of the more exotic and scenic national parks in the United States. HCIF had the unique opportunity to spend the day at the Discovery Center for our staff retreat in July.  In addition to being able to utilize a beautiful public […]

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Partner Profile: A Conversation with Shannon Davila, MSN, RN, CPPS, CPHQ, CIC, FAPIC

August 14, 2023

The Health Care Improvement Foundation’s (HCIF) Partner Profiles highlight the efforts of valued and innovative health leaders. Our partners’ work supports HCIF’s vision of healthier communities through equitable, accessible, and quality health care. We are pleased to feature Shannon Davila of ECRI to share more about her reflections on patient safety and quality improvement. Shannon […]

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Staff Profile: A Conversation with Lauren Eckel, MPH

June 16, 2023

Lauren Eckel joined HCIF in September 2022 as Project Coordinator for the Population Health team. Lauren provides support to multiple project teams in the management of community and population health projects. Prior to joining HCIF, Lauren worked as a Research Assistant for Pennsylvania State University on the FFC-AC-EIT research study, which strives to optimize function […]

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Partner Profile: A Conversation with Phil Landis, DNP, RN, CEN, NPD-BC

June 15, 2023

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) is featuring our partners on our website and in our monthly newsletter. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight your work and contributions to improving the health of people in Philadelphia and beyond. We hope these profiles will give our readers a better understanding of the breadth […]

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Showcasing HCIF’s and Our Collaborative Partners’ Work at the 2023 Accelerating Health Equity Conference

June 15, 2023

From May 16-18, the American Hospital Association (AHA) hosted their Accelerating Health Equity Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over 900 professionals gathered in Minneapolis to discuss innovative and strategic ways to accelerate health equity and improve community health.  I, along with my colleague, Liz Owens, had the privilege of traveling to the conference to present on […]

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Staff Profile: A Conversation with April Reilly, MSW

April 21, 2023

April Reilly joined HCIF in 2022, celebrating her 1-year anniversary with HCIF this month. April is a Director within the Clinical Improvement Team, primarily supporting the Pennsylvania – New Jersey Surgical Opioid Stewardship (PENNJ-SOS) and Health Equity Data Strategy (HEDS) Collaborative. A social worker by background, April has experience working in clinical and administrative settings. […]

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The 2023 RISE Summit on Social Determinants of Health

April 20, 2023

Earlier this month, I attended the 2023 RISE Summit on Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) held at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. The summit started with a series of workshops on April 2, followed by a two-day conference on April 3-4. The conference agenda had a balanced cross-sector representation from payers, health system partners, local/state […]

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