The Fellowship

The Safety Net Value Champions Fellowship

Our safety net value champions are agents of change. This fellowship program trains clinical champions from safety-net settings to be effective at engaging their colleagues to address medical overuse.

Fellows gain skills and knowledge to change how care is delivered in their setting so that care teams are doing less of what harms and more of what helps patients. The curriculum is based on the Taking Action on Overuse Framework—a roadmap for action and behavior change that leads to reductions in medical overuse—and what we’ve learned from implementing it.

Addressing Low-Value Care Is an Equity Issue

Although rates of low-value services delivered are no different in safety net versus non–safety net settings, the stakes are higher for vulnerable populations because the impact of financial, emotional and physical harm is greater. It is with this understanding that the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, with the support of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, designed the Safety Net Value Champions Fellowship.

Program Highlights

  • 6 clinical champions from institutions nationwide
  • 9 faculty with expertise in quality improvement, health systems and health equity
  • Nearly a year of training—April 2019 to March 2020—with 2 in-person convenings and regular webinars
  • One-on-one mentoring by program faculty

Program Learnings & Capstone

Our six Clinical Value Champions learned a lot about what it takes to champion change in their health care organizations. With COVID preventing an in-person meeting, we held a two-hour webinar on March 18 to hear about and celebrate their amazing work. Each fellow presented about their project, key lessons learned, and their next steps. You can view a recording of the webinar here or take a look at each Champion’s presentation on their individual pages under Our Fellows. We will be translating what they learned into an online curriculum for anyone working to reduce medical overuse in their institutions.

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