Team Up for Health

Team Up for Health was a 42-month, $3.2-million California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) program created to strengthen patient skills, knowledge, and confidence so as to better manage their own health. Comprised of patients and families, teams worked together to define steps leading to better self-management of chronic conditions.

An initial six-month planning phase helped grantees define their organizations' strengths and opportunities related to chronic conditions management and patient- and family-centered care. Six California-based grantees were selected for a two-year implementation phase, which began in August 2009. An additional year of funding was offered to these grantees for sustaining and spreading their quality improvement efforts.

The grantees were:

  • Asian Health Services, Alameda County
  • Golden Valley Health Centers, Merced and Stanislaus Counties
  • Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Los Angeles County
  • Open Door Community Health Centers, Humboldt County
  • San Francisco General Hospital Family Health Center, San Francisco County
  • Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, San Diego County

All organizations focused on improving self-management support for people with diabetes, with some targeting additional conditions. Grantees used a variety of techniques to focus on the needs of patients and their families.

As a result, grantee organizations enhancee provider and staff communication skills; created new ways to engage patients and families in their care,  improved clinical practice and leveraged community and online resources.