To build provider capacity and enhance the quality of care within health systems across the greater New York region through the continuing partnership between the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and United Hospital Fund (UHF). Activities include:
- Providing quality improvement training for health care professionals through the continuation and enhancement of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program (CQFP). In its 13th year, this 15-month training program—for physicians, nurses, and physician assistants from both the inpatient and outpatient settings—will support up to 30 clinicians in obtaining the skills necessary to champion quality improvement efforts in their facilities. The program will include two 2-day retreats for fellows presented by expert faculty, monthly webinars, dinner meetings, and a culminating event. The capstone project requirement will be completed with the guidance of an assigned faculty member.
- Improving patient access to ambulatory specialty care by engaging a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) network with a large volume of specialty referrals to New York City hospitals. The FQHC will work with one of its major hospital partners to implement existing successful models to improve access. The Association of American Medical Colleges Project CORE (Coordinating Optimal Referral Experiences) and GNYHA will work with teams from the FQHC and hospital to identify priority specialties that will be the focus of the initiative, and Project CORE will provide technical assistance to the FQHC/hospital partners.