Tides Community Clinic Initiative Health Home Idea Fair

Staff from the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium (SFCCC), along with partners from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Center for Excellence in Primary Care (CEPC), and the San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP) attended the initial convening of the Tides Community Clinic Initiative's Health Home Innovation Fund grantees in Los Angeles, CA, on November 8. This gathering featured representatives from clinic consortia from across California sharing their strategy and work plan for adopting the Patient Centered Health Home (PCHH) model. Grantees also heard experts from around the country describe their experience in implementing the PCHH. SFCCC and our partners are working towards incorporating into safety net clinics the six core health home elements as defined in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

  • Comprehensive case management
  • Care coordination and health promotion
  • Comprehensive transitional care from inpatient to other settings, including appropriate follow-up
  • Support for patients, their families and their authorized representatives
  • Referral to community and social support services when needed
  • The use of health information technology to link services, as feasible and appropriate

By incorporating these services, and thus adopting the PCHH model in community clinics, SFCCC and its partners envision the San Francisco safety net will lay the groundwork for achieving the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Triple Aim of improving the quality of health care for the population, improving the patients’ experience, and doing so at an affordable cost.