Welcome to the The QI Chat Room podcast. This podcast is all about quality improvement, or QI, in healthcare. We’ll bring you speakers from our member health centers, outside health centers, county and federal agencies, healthcare plans, and more. Those speakers will discuss promising practices they’ve identified at health centers, the latest data on specific health topics, and engage in conversation with our live audience. We’ve been hosting these chat rooms since late 2018. In the fall of 2019, we made the transition to podcasts to reach a greater range of listeners, including our health centers’ providers and staff that cannot make regular meeting times. We hope you’ll join us, as we share the latest in quality improvement.

All episodes of the podcast are listed individually below and also available on popular streaming services. Resources and documents related to the episodes can be found in The QI Chat Room Dropbox Folder. Promising Practice documents can be found on our Promising Practices web page.

If you have a topic you’d like to present or a topic you’d like to request, contact our podcast host Arlene Pena.

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Episode 46: Geriatrics Workforce

In this episode, we sat down with Dr. Josette Rivera, a distinguished professor of Medicine and a clinician educator at the renowned UCSF Division of Geriatrics. Kathryn Stambaugh, MPH,MBA, Geriatric Services Director from LifeLong Medical Care also joins us to share their journey on becoming an IHI Level 1 recognized Age Friendly Health System. Join us as we discuss Aliados Health’s collaboration with UCSF and explore training opportunities for the 4Ms within the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project. The 4Ms refer to optimizing older adult health through Medication, Mentation, Mobility, and What Matters Most. Learn how becoming an IHI Age-Friendly Health Systems Level 1 & 2 recognized health center can significantly benefit your health facility and the geriatric population you serve.

Episode 45: Prenatal Immunization

This episode features a prenatal immunization discussion with an expert panel from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). It explores the impactful prenatal immunization multi-year project made possible by funding from CDPH and in partnership with Aliados Health and its member health centers. Hear about efforts to boost prenatal immunization rates and lead the charge in enhancing maternal and child health with community health centers in a six-county region. Learn about CDPH resources that can support your health center in your efforts to improve prenatal immunization rates.

Episode 44: Street Medicine

Street medicine takes health services on the road, creating access outside of clinic walls to serve populations experiencing homelessness and other barriers to care. In this episode, we are introduced to LifeLong Medical Care’s Street Dentistry program and the Botanical Bus’s Mobile Herb Clinic, providing dental and homeopathic services to unhoused and migrant communities.

Episode 41 Telehealth

Aliados Health Sr. Program Managers Keira Dagy & Jennifer Inden talk with Health Centers about Patient Telehealth survey results, what the data tells them, and what should be taken into consideration in molding best practices when it comes to implementing a sustainable Virtual Care program.

Episode 43: Enhancing ACE Screening through HMG Care Coordination

First 5 Contra Costa is leading the local effort to implement Help Me Grow, a system of coordination used nationally to connect children to the early screening and community services they need to thrive. The HMG model has been implemented throughout the U.S. and in half of California’s counties.

First 5 Contra Costa, the Contra Costa Crisis Center, and La Clinica de la Raza came together to develop a pilot to integrate ACE screening and response workflow utilizing the existing HMG model.

Episode 42: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with CommuniCare Health Centers

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion reforms are critical and challenging. CommuniCare Health Centers strives to be humble and learn from their staff and the communities they serve, as well as commit to their own development in unlearning patriarchal, heterosexist, white-supremist systems, while learning anti-racism best practices in trauma informed care. This episode features CommuniCare’s Dr. Suzanne Eidson-Ton, Chief Medical Officer, Yvonne Page, Respite Services Supervisor, Sara Gavin, Chief Behavioral Health Officer, and Desirae Spignor, Behavioral Health Manager, who share their journey and specific examples of DEI and anti-racist efforts in their organization and community health centers, including agency-wide education efforts, changes in recruiting, hiring and retention practices, and a renewed and reinvigorated focus on equity and inclusion among their staff, as well as the health equity outcomes of their patients and clients.

Episode 40: Street Medicine

Today’s episode features a street medicine conversation with our panel from CommuniCare Health Centers in Yolo County, Ritter Center in Marin County, and Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center in Solano County.

According to the Street Medicine Institute, street medicine is the provision of health care directly to those living and sleeping on the streets through mobile services such as walking teams, medical vans, and outdoor clinics.


Episode 39: CalAIM: What do health centers need to know?

Join a conversation between Aliados Health’s Population Health Department Director, Michelle Rosaschi, and Partnership Health Plan of California’s Director of Care Coordination, Katherine Barresi, as they discuss the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) Enhance Care Management or ECM program.

Episode 37: Partnership Health Plan’s Population Health Department

Max Perrey in conversation with Rebecca Boyd Anderson, Director of Population Health for Partnership Health Plan celebrates their 2 year anniversary.

Episode 36: Culturally Diversified Diagnosis – Hidden in Plain Sight – Reconsidering the Use of Race Correction in Clinical Algorithms

In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Mohamed A. Jalloh, Pharm.D., BCPS, Assistant Professor of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at Touro University California College of Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care Specialist at OLE Health Pharmacy Residency Program, is speaking on the role of race in medicine and the impact of race corrections in clinical algorithms. This podcast is inspired by the NEJM article: Hidden in Plain Sight-Reconsidering the Use of Race Correction in Clinical Algorithms. We invite you to click on the article link HERE to learn more.