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August 2020
Who We Are 

HCIF is an independent nonprofit organization that drives high-value health care
through stakeholder collaboration and targeted quality improvement initiatives.

Organization Updates

Regretfully, Claudette Fonshell will be leaving HCIF on September 9, 2020.  Claudette started her work at HCIF in 2013 after a 22-year career in clinical nursing, infection prevention and risk/patient safety.  

As the Director of Clinical Improvement, Claudette has been responsible for managing PURC, a physician-led collaborative and data registry aimed at advancing the quality of diagnosis and care for men with prostate cancer.  She has also played an important role with the HAP Opioid Learning Action Network over the last year, has helped to expand HCIF’s internship program, has supported the Partnership for Patient Care and many other programs over her tenure, and has been a valued contributor to HCIF’s senior leadership team.  

We will miss Claudette very much and wish her all the best in her new position at a local hospital!

Click here to read the job description for Director of Clinical Improvement.

Email Kim McCoy, Human Resources

Cities Changing Diabetes, a global program sponsored by Novo Nordisk, is a private public partnership that helps communities understand their unique diabetes challenges, identify areas and populations at greatest risk, and design and implement targeted solutions. Cities Changing Diabetes – Philadelphia recently underwent a fully virtual Innovation Challenge to facilitate collaboration amongst Philadelphia stakeholders while staying physically apart during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Cities Changing Diabetes – Philadelphia Innovation Challenge received an overwhelming response from the greater Philadelphia community. Of the 43 ideas submitted to the virtual co-creation platform, 12 ideas have been selected by a screening team comprised of health care and public health leaders to move on to the next phase of the process. These 12 ideas will undergo a boot camp process that will develop them into competitive proposals to be pitched at a fall Shark Tank event. Organizations who submitted ideas included Congreso, Esperanza Health Center, the Health Promotion Council, Penn Asian Senior Services, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, The Food Trust and many other local organizations. 

Click here and create a username to view ideas submitted to the Innovation Challenge!

Health Care Improvement Foundation supports the Philadelphia Diabetes Prevention Collaborative (PDPC), an effort to design multi-pronged public health efforts to prevent Type 2 Diabetes in the greater Philadelphia region established by Jefferson College of Population Health with support from the AMA and CDC. Join an upcoming webinar to learn more about this important strategic initiative.
Join the Jefferson College of Population Health Forum on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 8:30am – 9:30am, "Philadelphia Makes Diabetes Prevention a Priority: Introducing the Philadelphia Diabetes Prevention Collaborative" for a keynote delivered by Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD, Senior Director of Population Health Research and Development, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC, followed by a panel of local experts.

Register Now

For Referring Providers: Learn more about the latest in screening, testing and how to easily refer your patients to a DPP lifestyle change program within the greater Philadelphia five-county area on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 8am – 9am. 

Register Now

Valentina Moreno, a rising junior at Haverford College, joined HCIF’s Clinical Improvement team to serve as a Summer Data & Research Intern. Valentina has assisted with PURC, the Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN) project, and PPC's Patient Safety & Quality Award program. Read about her internship experience here. Valentina will continue to support HCIF as a Health Care Quality Intern this fall. 

A Statement on
Racism and Inequity 

Healthcare organizations have an important role to play in the ecosystem that contributes to inequities and bias. HCIF is taking this opportunity to reflect on our own programs and policies to ensure that we are supporting a healthcare system that’s just, equitable, and high quality.  We are proud of our longstanding vision for a responsive healthcare community that fulfills the needs of patients and consumers to achieve better health.

Read our full statement here.

Response to COVID-19
HCIF's offices are closed until further notice, but all staff are working remotely and are available to respond to any questions or concerns.  Some meetings and program activities have been postponed or will be conducted virtually, and HCIF staff members are reaching out to program participants to communicate these changes. We have formed a task-force to manage the return-to-work process and continue to evaluate its impact on our programs. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cassidy Tarullo.
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Ten Penn Center
1801 Market Street, Suite 710
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.563.2444

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