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California Catalyst Program

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Blue Shield of California Foundation, Center for Care Innovations
Nov 22, 2019

Catalyst is a 6-month capacity building program that uses human-centered design thinking to find new and innovative ways to address complex challenges in California's healthcare safety net organizations.

The Catalyst program runs from January 16 to June 17, 2020. Participants commit to dedicate 4-6 hours per week to Catalyst programming and project activities. Catalyst teams are made up of 3 team members and one team sponsor.

The program consists of:

  • Training: Structured as 3, 2-day workshops providing in-depth, hands-on training spread over a 6-month period. At the end of the program, teams present their solution prototypes to organizational leadership and other community innovators.
  • Ongoing coaching: Support from peer coaches who have experience practicing human-centered design in resource-constrained settings. Coaches attend the in-person workshops, and Catalyst teams can call their coach for support in between trainings. There are also "office hours" and "booster" webinars throughout the program to help teams advance their work.
  • Peer-learning community: Facilitated online discussions about innovation and design among current participants and Catalyst alumni.
  • Online resource library: A library of Catalyst how-to videos, templates, method cards, and case studies that can be accessed online at any time.

Eligible participants are 501(c)(3) organizations in California that meet the following criteria:

  • Community-based organizations providing direct services to improve physical, mental, social, environmental, or economic well being in underserved populations
  • Safety net healthcare organizations providing comprehensive primary care services to underserved populations, including:
    • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and FQHC look-alikes
    • Community clinics
    • Rural health clinics
    • Free clinics
    • Ambulatory care clinics owned and operated by public hospitals
    • Indian Health Services clinics
  • Regional clinic consortia
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Eligible organizations receive a stipend to offset some program travel costs and project expenses.

Organizations located within 80 miles of downtown Oakland receive a $7,000 stipend.

Organizations located further than 80 miles from downtown Oakland receive a $12,500 stipend.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the online application are available on the program website.

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American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Behavioral health · Clinics · Federally Qualified Health Centers · Health conditions · Health workforce education and training · Healthcare facilities · Human services · Leadership · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Population health · Primary care · Rural Health Clinics · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention · California

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