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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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Partner Profile: A Conversation with Dr. Dharmini Shah Pandya and Antionett McNear

April 19, 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. Earlier this month, HCIF launched the Call for Entries for the 2023 Excellence in Health Care Awards (formerly Delaware Valley Patient Safety […]

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Call for Entries Now Open for 2023 Excellence in Health Care Awards!

April 6, 2023

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) is proud to have hosted the Excellence in Health Care Awards (previously Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award) for over 20 years. The Awards program is one of the unique ways in which HCIF promotes and disseminates best practices in health care patient safety, quality, and health equity […]

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Health Literacy Facilitates Workshop in Collaboration with Tandigm Health

March 30, 2023

On March 10, HCIF facilitated a train-the-trainer workshop titled “Advancing Health Equity: Providing Care in a Health Literate Way” for Tandigm Health in Conshohocken, PA. The workshop was led in-person by HCIF’s Health Literacy consultants and long-term subject matter experts, Rickie Brawer, PhD, MCHES, MPH, and James Plumb, MD, MPH. Dr. Rickie Brawer & Dr. […]

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President’s Update: National Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 28, 2023

During recent travels, I was reminded of the jarring statistic from the Institute of Medicine’s  (IOM)1999 report, “To Err is Human,” that we lose the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of passengers daily in the US due to patient safety events. It boggles the mind to think that millions of people fly each day […]

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Staff Profile: A Conversation with Meghan Smith, MPH

March 24, 2023

Meghan Smith is a newer face at HCIF and brings years of talent and experience to her position. Meghan is a Project Manager within the Clinical Improvement team. She specifically supports HCIF’s Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative (PURC) and Pennsylvania – New Jersey Surgical Opioid Stewardship (PENNJ-SOS) initiatives. Get to know Meghan better by reading about […]

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Partner Profile: A Conversation with Charles I. Wagner, MD, FACP

March 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. As HCIF celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 12 – March 18) this month, we’re excited to feature one of the longest-standing […]

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Healthcare Improvement Foundation Welcomes Kathy Donohue, RN, BSN, MBA, FAHM, CHCQM, CPPS, NEA-BC to its Board Of Directors

March 7, 2023

Philadelphia, PA – 3.8.23 – The Health Care Improvement Foundation is proud to announce that Kathleen Donohue, RN, BSN, MBA, FAHM, CHCQM, CPPS, NEA-BC has joined its talented Board of Directors. Ms. Donohue is the Director of Quality at Independence Blue Cross, with a background in nursing and clinical leadership. Ms. Donohue has expertise in […]

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Board Profile: A Conversation with Joanne Craig, M.S.

February 21, 2023

To honor and celebrate Black History Month, HCIF would like to recognize and amplify the work of Black health care professionals in our region. As such, we had the pleasure of interviewing Joanne Craig, M.S., Chief Impact Officer at the Foundation for Delaware County. Joanne also serves on HCIF’s Board of Directors and offers valuable […]

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Board Profile: A Conversation with Stephanie Zarus, Pharm.D.

December 6, 2022

For this month’s Board Profile, HCIF had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Zarus, Pharm.D. Stephanie is the Managing Director of Healthcare Innovation for Avancer Group, Inc. and the outgoing Governance Committee Chair of HCIF’s Board of Directors. Her career in pharmacy and health care has helped thousands of patients access affordable and quality medication. Stephanie’s […]

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Men’s Health Awareness Month

December 5, 2022

November was Men’s Health Awareness Month which is a time dedicated to bringing awareness to a wide range of men’s health issues. One of HCIF’s clinical improvement initiatives – Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative (PURC) – is specifically focused on supporting urology practices in advancing the quality of diagnosis and care for men with prostate cancer. […]

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Partner Profile: A Conversation with Andres Correa, MD

December 5, 2022

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. In recognition of November being Men’s Health Awareness Month, HCIF is pleased to feature Dr. Andres Correa, MD, Urologic Oncologist and Assistant […]

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“Meeting People Where They Are”: Takeaways from the 2022 Faith & Diabetes Summit

December 1, 2022

Since Cities Changing Diabetes – Philadelphia launched in 2019, faith and lay leaders have been recognized as key stakeholders to engage in diabetes and obesity management. Based on a model successfully implemented in Houston, Faith & Diabetes empowers communities of faith to better understand and address diabetes awareness, prevention, and management with special attention to […]

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COACH November Collaborative Meeting Debriefs on Newly Published 2022 Implementation Plans

December 1, 2022

Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Community Health (COACH) brings together hospital/health system, public health, and community partners to address community health needs in southeastern Pennsylvania. Facilitated by Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) since launching in 2015, COACH has provided a structure for participants to explore collaborative implementation strategies as hospitals/health systems respond to community health needs […]

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Site Visit and Tour of Philabundance Community Kitchen

November 30, 2022

Abeselom Gebreyesus, MPH(c), BA November 3, 2022 The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) recently partnered with Philabundance to offer an experiential learning session to partners across two HCIF programs, COACH (Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Community Health) and Cities Changing Diabetes. This dual event brought together valued and innovative cross-sector organizations within a shared collaborative space. […]

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Staff Profile: A Conversation with Sehrish Rashid, MPH, MA

November 17, 2022

In celebration of Public Health Thank You Day, the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) would like to highlight one of our newest staff members, Sehrish Rashid, for her extraordinary contributions to public health. Sehrish joined HCIF in August 2022 and is a Project Manager for the Population Health Team. In her role, she focuses on […]

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Youth Empowerment at Esperanza College’s Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium

October 28, 2022

On October 14, Esperanza College hosted their annual Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium. This event empowers youth to explore science that is relevant to our world today, and consider ways to make an impact together. This year’s Symposium marked a return to in-person sessions, and involved a continued focus on diabetes prevention and management. HCIF […]

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President’s Update: Reversing the Down Escalator

October 28, 2022

Earlier this month, HCIF held our annual Partnership for Patient Care Leadership Summit – HCIF’s first in-person event since 2019. It was also HCIF’s first-ever hybrid event and we were delighted to welcome over 100 people both virtually and IRL (in real life). The Summit’s theme was “Achieving Health Equity through Community Engagement” and featured […]

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