As the history of CALA’s Innovation in Quality award recipients shows, CALA members have always looked for innovative ways to improve the health and quality of life for their residents. Now, the California Health and Human Services Agency and the California Department of Public Health announced an initiative to encourage the development of similar innovative programs that improve the health of communities and the state.
“Let’s Get Healthy California encourages us all—state policymakers and local communities—to create and share innovations as we strive to make California the healthiest state in the nation,” said CHHS Secretary Diana S. Dooley. “The Innovation Challenge is an exciting opportunity for us to learn from and connect with our local community partners.”
We invite all passionate creative thinkers, community and health advocates, health care providers, community-based organizations, civic data enthusiasts, and visionary practitioners impacting the lives of Californians to participate and share their innovations.
“This Innovation Challenge allows people to think outside of the traditional public health framework to create innovative solutions that support the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower costs,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director and State Health “We hope that these ideas will launch Californians on a path to living healthier lives.”
Submissions will be accepted through September 30, 2015, in the six Let’s Get Healthy goal areas:
- Healthy Beginnings
- Living Well
- End of Life
- Redesigning the Health System
- Creating Healthy Communities
- Lowering Cost of Care
According to the innovation challenge pamphlet, each of these goals encompasses a number of priorities. Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Health Equity
Finalists from each of the six goal areas will be announced this fall and will be highlighted at the statewide Innovation Conference in early 2016. For submission information, visit the Let’s Get Healthy website or email Innovate@chhs.ca.gov and LGHC@cdph.ca.gov.