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.
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.