The need for innovative leaders trained in system transformation issues and performance improvement has never been greater. Safety net institutions are coping with unprecedented demands for services, in addition to preparing for changes that will come with health care reform.
We continue our support for tomorrow’s safety net leadership through investments in innovative educational opportunities that will help prepare the next generation of safety net health care professionals.
IHI Safety Net Endowment
Kaiser Permanente and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement have a long-standing partnership. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. At their core is the belief that everyone should get the best care and health possible. In support of the healthcare safety net, Kaiser Permanente grants scholarships to safety net leaders for trainings and learning opportunities, made possible by the IHI Safety Net endowment established by Kaiser Permanente in 2004. To date, we’ve provided more than 3,100 scholarships to partners serving low-income populations across the United States.
For the second year, Kaiser Permanente has been proud to sponsor a safety net fellow to participate in the prestigious IHI Fellowship Program. This year-long immersion program is designed to develop healthcare leaders with the skills to navigate the future health care environment. Our 2013 fellow is Gilbert Salinas, MPA, director of Patient and Community Relations at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center near Los Angeles.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me,” Salinas said. “I’ve been given the chance to learn from the best and to go back to empower my own community and be a catalyst for change.”
Also, here’s a look our 2012 Kaiser Permanente IHI fellow, Margo Maida.
Satcher Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program
For nearly a decade, Kaiser Permanente has partnered with Morehouse School of Medicine to support participation in The Satcher Health Leadership Institute. The institute is a 10-month multidisciplinary training program designed to provide physicians and postdoctoral professionals with the specific knowledge, skills, and experiences to prepare them for leadership roles promoting and implementing policies and practices to reduce disparities and advance health equity. The fellowship’s major focus areas include leadership development, health policy, and health equity, with concentrations in both behavioral and sexual health. Program graduates have taken on leadership roles across the country in academic, health care, governmental, and community-based organizations, agencies, and institutions.
Kaiser Permanente Improvement and Advisor Leadership Program
Each year 10-20 safety net leaders participate in the Kaiser Permanente Improvement Advisor Program and The Advanced Leadership Program. They receive a full scholarship to participate in these programs along-side Kaiser Permanente clinicians and staff. The Improvement Advisor Program provides participants with the knowledge and skills to guide the development and implementation of performance improvement projects throughout their organization. Participant projects have resulted in lives saved, harm avoided, improved care experience, more efficient processes and cost savings.
Kaiser Permanente Advanced Patient Safety Training
Each year up to five safety net leaders participate in the Kaiser Permanente Advanced Patient Safety Training, which is led by Kaiser’s Care Management Institute. They receive a full scholarship to participate in this three-day program aimed at improving the quality of care for patients in all settings, including the safety net. The training provides participants with the knowledge and skills to develop and implement a patient safety program in their organization. Participants work on applicable projects throughout the course, in which they apply different diagnostic tool to determined extent and depth of safety issues, list leadership necessary to lead safety, and identifying the resources needed to carry out the plan.