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Published: June 10, 2020

New Funding for Safety-Net Practices to Implement Virtual Care

CHCF is launching the Connected Care Accelerator in partnership with the Center for Care Innovations to help safety-net practices implement virtual care. Community health centers and independent physician practices that predominantly serve low-income communities are eligible to apply.

Review the application, direct all application questions to program managers, Kathleen Figoni or Jenny Wright, at CCI, and spread the word about this new grant opportunity.

The Connected Care Accelerator is designed to help California's health care safety net respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and consists of two separate tracks:

  • For the Infrastructure and Spread track, CHCF will provide $50,000 grants to up to 30 practices to expand and improve virtual care. The goal of this track is to support early implementation and to build the necessary infrastructure to provide virtual care. This track is well-suited for practices that serve communities of color and others most vulnerable to COVID-19. Practices should have existing data and IT capabilities for patient-level reporting.
  • For the Innovation Learning Collaborative track, CHCF will provide $100,000 grants and technical assistance to up to 20 practices that are ready to test, learn, and share best practices. This track is well-suited for practices that have a clear desire to expand and sustain virtual care; established data, IT, and QI infrastructure; and a committed project team.

CHCF is looking for practices that serve at least 8,000 unduplicated patients and provide comprehensive primary care services to a substantial percentage of Medi-Cal and uninsured patients. They will select participants from across California with the goal of achieving geographic diversity and reaching communities most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Informational Webinar: Was held Tuesday, June 9, 2020, link to slides here.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 19, 2020, at 5 PM (PT)


Additional funding provided by the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

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