The Impact of Partners in Care Foundation
Partners strives to serve the larger community and the health system itself – local citizen groups, educators, health providers, funders, researchers, students, business leaders, legislators – building effective collaboratives to identify local priorities, locate funding and guide powerful initiatives for change.
Partners has been a leader in four new major regional collaboratives which have matured and are now bringing transformative leadership to a range of communities and health issues.
For each, Partners has assisted in identifying needs, developing strategic vision, assistance in obtaining funding and managing projects with great success. Hundreds of local leaders, dozens of major organizations, a host of funding partners, millions of dollars – these have impacted the quality of the lives of many thousands of individuals and families.
Partners’ unique role has generated unprecedented organizational growth. In October 1997, Partners had eight employees and an operating budget of $800,000. Today Partners, its affiliates and collaboratives have more than 95 employees in five locations with an operating budget of more than $8 million, ten-fold growth.
Below are some recent examples of the growing momentum of Partners’ work:
- Partners has long worked to develop methods to detect and correct medications errors among frail, low-income elderly. With an extensive history of projects and presentations, we are now ready to take this innovative approach to many sites across California and to begin to reach out to other states to impact their ability to protect vulnerable older adults from this major problem of medication errors in our health system, the 5th leading cause of death among the elderly. In 2006, The John A. Hartford Foundation awarded Partners $1.69 million over 4 years to expand on the success the medication management team had with the previous AoA Evidence-based Program Intervention. The program began July 1st, 2006 and will run until the end of June 2010. (http://www.homemeds.org)
- Partners briefed more than 40 top leaders in the Los Angeles African American community on trends and priorities for addressing significant ethnic health disparities.
- The Institute for Change/Research Center completed a comprehensive assessment of problems in transitioning patients from inpatient to outpatient settings through collaboration with Kaiser Permanente. As a result of the findings from this project the center was awarded funding to test a model of innovation aimed at improving patient transitions and reducing the rates of hospital readmissions among frail elderly. The impact of this project is a model that utilizes a registered Nurse Practitioner paired with a Senior Care Manager to identify patient needs, educate and train patients on self-management of their condition, and connect patients with the care modality most appropriate for their condition.
- Partners was selected by the California Department of Aging (DOA) to serve as the program office for an Administration on Aging (AoA) initiative. This project includes the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs for older adults to better manage their own health. Partners is the program center for this statewide effort to create a sustainable infrastructure and increase capacity for helping older Californians age well through self-care. Over a three-year period, the initiative will strive to bring critical, health enhancing programs to at least five geographic areas representing 40% of the state’s older adult population.
- Antelope Valley Partnership for Health (AVPH) was awarded the SPARK 2006 Leadership Award for California which recognized the program’s tremendous and effective impact on the population served. AVPH team members received the award at the California Medical Association Gala on October 29th.
- Partners was selected by The Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership and USC School of Social Work as a model and innovative organization for leaders from Korean social service agencies and academic institutions. These professionals met with Partners staff in San Fernando to discuss leadership values and practices in the non-profit sector to examine innovative, entrepreneurial approaches to social service delivery systems used in the United States.
These are a few examples of our work and impact.