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September 2019
Who We Are 
HCIF is an independent nonprofit organization that drives high-value health care
through stakeholder collaboration and targeted quality improvement initiatives.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at the Capitol
Pictured from left to right: Adam Reese, MD, Chief of Urologic Oncology at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University; PA State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff serving PA's 171st Legislative District; and Colonel (Ret) James E. Williams, Jr. 
The PA Prostate Cancer Coalition hosted a Prostate Cancer Awareness Day on September 18th to help raise awareness for prostate cancer and saving lives through early detection. Free PSA blood draws were offered, courtesy of Urology of Central PA and Geisinger. A press conference was held at the PA Capitol to discuss the need for state funding for men's health programs- especially programs for education and early detection of prostate cancer. 
In this month’s Partner Profile, Dr. Robert G. Uzzo and Dr. Jay D. Raman discuss their careers in Urology, prostate cancer awareness, and their experiences with PURC
Dr. Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Health System. He serves as PURC’s Executive Director lending his expertise in program development, implementation, and evaluation.
Dr. Jay D. Raman, MD, FACS currently serves as Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Urology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Raman serves as the PURC Director of Prostate Programs through which he supports HCIF with setting goals, establishing metrics, and identifying approaches and activities that best support participating practices.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Uzzo and Dr. Raman!
Celebrate Health Literacy Month in October

Health literacy is the ability to find, understand, evaluate, communicate, and use health information to make informed health decisions. Practices like plain language and teach back promote clear, effective communication between patients and providers. Learn more about delivering health literate care at one of the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition’s free events!

Doylestown Hospital and Health Care Improvement Foundation host the Southeastern Pennsylvania Health Literacy Month Symposium on Tuesday, October 22. This event features sessions on unconscious bias, addressing special health literacy needs in high-risk situations, and motivational interviewing.

For more information or to register, click here.

Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania hosts the Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event on Friday, October 25 at Carlow University in Pittsburgh.  Attendees will learn about the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility.

For more information or to register, click here.

Project Updates

The HAP HIIN Diagnostic Error collaborative led by HCIF and the Patient Safety Authority (PSA) has concluded this past August 2019. Over the past three years, the collaborative has prioritized several key interventions that worked towards the goal of improving diagnosis. Key interventions include: adopting a standardized definition of incidental finding in addition to standardizing radiology report templates; communicating results to patients prior to their discharge from the ED and implementing a process to contacts patients post-discharge; establishing and documenting a process to follow up with patient’s primary care provider about their results; identifying physician champion(s) in both the Emergency and Radiology Departments; and incorporating the topic of improving diagnosis in a hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). Through various programming activities of site visits, coaching calls, webinars, surveys, and unique measurement pilots, collaborative hospitals have accomplished a number of these key interventions and continue to prioritize improving diagnosis at their facilities. We are excited to announce that project leads have had the opportunity of presenting on a national PFE learning event webinar this past September 12, 2019 entitled, “Building the Bridge: Provider and Patient Perspectives in Improving Diagnoses” in addition to the upcoming presentation at the International Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference on November 11-13, 2019 in Washington, DC. HCIF would like to thank all the participating organizations that contributed to the collaborative in addition to our partner leads at PSA.

Contact Pam Braun
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announced this past July the formation of HAP’s Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN). The LAN is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, through Vital Strategies, which announced last year that it would award $50 million in grants across several states to combat opioid addiction. Pennsylvania was selected as one of the first states to participate in the initiative.
The HAP Opioid LAN is a two-year learning collaborative open to all Pennsylvania hospitals and is designed to demonstrate that, by working together, hospitals can adopt evidence-based best practices to address this tragic public health problem and save lives. Participating hospitals will have opportunities to engage in collaborative learning through the following activities of: annual in-person meetings; regional in-person meetings across the state; webinars and office hour calls; and collaborative website, metrics, and performance tracking. The LAN will be evaluated by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians will serve in an advisory capacity for the project while HCIF will serve as project managers.  HCIF is excited to be working with HAP and hospitals across the state on this important topic.
Contact Claudette Fonshell

Staff Announcements
HCIF is pleased to welcome two new additions to our team. Cassidy Tarullo will join HCIF as full-time Administrative Coordinator on Monday, September 23rd. Cassidy graduated in 2019 from Temple University with a BS in Public Health, and is taking courses at Temple towards a Master of Public Policy. In her final semester she was part of a team of students and faculty that led the implementation of Temple’s tobacco-free campus policy. She also worked throughout all four of her undergraduate years as a sales associate and supervisor at the Temple University Bookstore. Cassidy will provide administrative support for HCIF’s operations and also provide project support for the CPR Ready campaign.

Additionally, Adams Ako will join HCIF as the newest Healthcare Quality Data/Research Intern. Adams is a first year student at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health in the MPH program on the epidemiology track. Adams will work primarily on the Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative (PURC) focusing on Perineal Biopsies with Dr. Serge Ginzburg. His current coursework and prior experience as a physician in Nigeria will contribute greatly to our collaborative. 

Lastly, HCIF welcomes back Risho Singh who will be extending her internship experience through her second year in the Drexel MPH program on the epidemiology track. Risho will continue to work on PURC's Genomic Program with Dr. Jeff Tomaszewski. 
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.563.2444

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