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October 2020
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HCIF is an independent nonprofit organization that drives high-value health care
through stakeholder collaboration and targeted quality improvement initiatives.
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Opioid Surgical Stewardship Program Receives Two Year Renewal

The Health Care Improvement Foundation is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Opioid Surgical Stewardship Enterprise (POSSE) has received two years of renewed funding from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. The continuation of the POSSE program will afford participating health systems the opportunity to continue quality improvement efforts related to opioid surgical stewardship through custom data collection, high quality patient education materials, provider education resources, and collaborative shared learning. POSSE will continue to partner closely with the Pennsylvania NSQIP Consortium (PANC). The next two years will also see exciting new developments in the program as we seek to expand on existing educational opportunities and disseminate resources developed through the program to a broader audience of patients and providers.

Accomplishments during the initial two-year grant period include the development of a provider toolkit, initiation of measurement through NSQIP, and creation of a suite of patient friendly, health literate education materials on post-surgical pain management and opioid use. Written resources for patients are available to download on the PANC POSSE website (click on “Patient Education Material”), and a 5-minute patient education video is available on YouTube. Thanks to the Patient and Family Advisors who provided input on POSSE’s patient education materials!

Contact Kelsey Salazar

Program Updates
Concluding a Successful CPR Ready Campaign

Since 2016, CPR Ready has united public health organizations across Southeastern Pennsylvania to address low public awareness of how to respond during a sudden cardiac arrest. This has been a successful campaign, with significant achievements made towards the goals of improving survival rates and use of bystander CPR, increasing knowledge about hands-only CPR and AED use, and advancing CPR/AED education in middle and high schools. For a summary of more of the coalition’s achievements, view our final report. 

As the CPR Ready campaign comes to a close this fall, we are thankful that our mission will be sustained through continued trainings by Mobile CPR, Youth Heart Watch, CPAT Network, American Heart Associations, and many more of our partners.

Thank you to all of our supporters for their commitment to improving cardiac arrest survival rates. 

Contact Cassidy Tarullo
Call for Entries Now Open for 2020's Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award! 
HCIF is excited to announce that the 2020 Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award Call for Entries is officially open and would like to remind potential submitters that all entries are due by Thursday, December 3, 2020. The Award program is one of the unique ways in which HCIF promotes and disseminates best practices in health care patient safety and quality throughout the region. At HCIF, we are committed to supporting a healthcare system that is just, equitable, and high quality. This year, we are expanding our call for submissions and invite improvement teams to submit their most innovative patient safety and quality improvement initiatives, including but not limited to exemplar COVID-19 response efforts, projects that include patient participation, and/or programs that address disparities in health outcomes. Note that we have delayed this year’s program to Fall 2020 in order to acknowledge organizational efforts in fighting the pandemic and provide an opportunity to showcase best practices and results.
At this time, we are inviting healthcare organizations—whether freestanding or within a multi-entity system—to submit up to 4 entries for projects undertaken at their site alone. A healthcare system may in addition submit up to 4 entries for system-wide projects that span multiple sites. Please Click Here for further 2020 submission details and the criteria for entry. For examples of previous year’s winning submissions, please visit HCIF’s website for a look at our program webpage.
Contact Liz Owens
Celebrating Health Literacy Month 
October is Health Literacy Month! Health literacy heroes across the world take this time to promote the importance of providing accessible and actionable health information across all education and care settings. Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, highlights the importance of clear communication from health care professionals and calls on Pennsylvanians to use tools like Ask Me 3 to better understand their health and what they need to do to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Click here to read the full message from Dr. Levine.
Over the past ten years, the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition (PAHLC) has delivered health literacy training to 17,000 providers in the Commonwealth. If you or your organization are seeking more information on health literacy best practices, patient education materials development, and communicating health information effectively, click here to go to our website,

Contact Jibreel Oliver

Organization Updates

Director of Clinical Improvement Opening

HCIF is continuing its search for a Director of Clinical Improvement. This position is responsible for designing, delivering and evaluating certain HCIF clinical and quality improvement programs under the supervision of the Vice President of Clinical Improvement and in collaboration with HCIF’s clinical advisors, partners and other stakeholders.  Candidates should have an MSN or  Master’s in related field, a minimum of 5 years healthcare experience in Quality and Patient Safety in a hospital or other healthcare setting and experience in project management and multi-organizational initiatives resulting in improved healthcare outcomes.

Follow this link to read the full job description. Email your resume to Kim McCoy to apply. 

Email Kim McCoy, HR

Welcome Cities Changing Diabetes Interns!

Welcome to our Cities Changing Diabetes - Philadelphia Interns! Each intern is supporting an organization that submitted an idea team in proposal development for the Cities Changing Diabetes Innovation Challenge. To view the ideas our interns are currently supporting, follow the links below and login to the Innovation Platform. If you do not already have a username or password, click here to create a username and password on the Innovation Platform.
Mojisola Delano is an Masters in Public Health candidate at Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Public Health, supporting The Food Trust with Promoting Health Eating As a Part of Prison Pre-Release Programs. Her public health interests include program planning and community outreach, and she enjoys working on community-based programs and watching them develop and serve the communties’ health needs. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, she has succesfully completed 5 DIY home projects and has plans to complete many many more.
Laniesha Sullivan is an Masters in Public Health candidate at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, supporting Esperanza and Esperanza College with Latinos Educating Latinos. Her public health interests include Global Health, emergency preparedness and women’s health. A Matcha and Green Tea enthusiast, Laniesha is looking forward to starting a career in health education targetting underserved populations after graduation.
Jasmine Sweeting is an Masters in Public Health candidate at Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health, supporting Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) with Multi-Generational Diabetes Education and Care. Her public health interests include chronic disease epidemiology, maternal and child health, and the intersection between epigenetics and public health. Jasmine is also interested in applying her skills to community health education as she believes it is a crucial part of public health. Jasmine is originally from Georgia.
Yvonne White is a Masters in Nursing Informatics candidate at Jefferson College of Nursing, supporting Temple University’s College of Publich Health’s proposal, Exercise is Medicine: Preventing Gestatonal Diabetes. Her public health interests are addressing chronic illness and their comorbidities in underserved and vulnerable communities. One of Yvonne’s career goals is to eliminate health disparities that impact minority populations and work towards better access to equitable care. In addition to working as a nurse, Yvonne also works as a home-based travel agent.

HCIF's Commitment to Anti-Racism

In the midst of a relentless pandemic, healthcare organizations across the country have been forced to grapple with alarming disparities among those impacted by COVID-19. Our statement on racism and inequity released in May was a public acknowledgement of a painful truth - communities of color have long been disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes caused by generations of structural racism. HCIF is committed to building a more just and equitable healthcare system for all communities, regardless of race or ethnicity. 

HCIF recently established an Anti-Racism Council (ARC) to support our journey in exploring personal, organizational, and external perspectives on how we dismantle racism. Since its inception, ARC has led a staff-wide educational workshop to develop a level playing field by creating a shared language of equity and investigating personal privilege. ARC has plans to engage staff members with quarterly workshops in which we will begin to assess and identify the myriad ways in which HCIF can promote health equity.

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.
Contact Cassidy Tarullo
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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