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In this SNI Bulletin:

New SNI Website

2nd Redesign Collaborative

Hospital IT Needs Assessment

IHI Scholarships

Health Disparities Session

Cultural Diversity Conference

NY Times Informational Article



New Website For SNI

Link: safetynetinstitute.orgYou're invited to visit

We would like to announce the launch of the newly redesigned SNI website! Over the last 3 months, we have been in the process of redesigning our site to make it a valuable resource for CAPH members and our partners, and to make it easier to navigate and find information.  Please fill out and submit the online feedback form with any comments or suggestions you may have for our new site, which can be found at the bottom of the homepage.

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to start using our new site.

Ambulatory Care Redesign Application

Download the Ambulatory Care Redesign Application at

SNI and Coleman Associates will launch the second Ambulatory Care Redesign collaborative soon for CAPH member clinics to design systems for fast and effective outpatient visits.  The California HealthCare Foundation continues to fund this initiative, including our 2005 collaborative in which 9 clinics averaged a 45% decrease in patient visit cycle time, and an average 36% increase in provider productivity. For more information, contact Hunter Gatewood at or 510-874-7103.  Applications are due by June 23.

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for details.

Hospital Information Technology Needs Assessment

SNI's IT Needs Assessment results to be released June 29th

Many stakeholders are looking forward to the results of SNI’s Information Technology Needs Assessment, to be released on June 29.  SNI is grateful to the Blue Shield of California Foundation for funding this assessment, and for CAPH member systems’ enthusiastic participation.  The individualized hospital reports and the aggregate findings will be very useful in identifying strengths and needs, and will further inform the work to come for CAPH and SNI, our hospital systems, and potential funders.

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for details.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Scholarships

Learn more about IHI Scholarship Opportunities

Check out the upcoming Institute for Healthcare Improvement programs via our new SNI Calendar or on the IHI site.   We are now accepting applications for the next available Patient Safety Officer Training, March 7 - 14, 2007, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Find out how to apply for a Kaiser/SNI scholarship, covering program fees, and possibly some travel support.

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for more details.

Health Disparities Learning Opportunity

Save the Date for Addressing Health Disparities Train-the-Trainer Session

The Network for Multicultural Health at the University of California, San Francisco invites you to attend Addressing Health Disparities: Faculty Development for Cultural Competency Education, September 15 and 16, 2006 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in San Francisco. Please contact Lisa Leiva at for more information.

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for more details.

Health Care and Cultural Diversity Conference

Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations Conference Information

Plan to attend the Fifth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Building the Essential Link between Quality, Cultural Competence, and Disparities Reduction, October 17 - 20, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. The conference will highlight leading work in the areas of health care quality, cultural competence, and disparities reduction, providing opportunities for networking across disciplines, health care sectors and geography.  SNI and the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) will lead a session on Leadership Insights: Framing and Integrating Cultural Competence into Strategic Priorities. 

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for more details.

New York Times Article on Cultural Need

Patients’ Cultural Needs are a Primary Focus

We would like to share the recent New York Times article “A Spoonful of Foreign Culture Helps Western Medicine Go Down”.  This article profiles how one public hospital took great strides to ensure a cultural fit between its brand new health center and a growing Chinese immigrant patient population. 

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to read the entire article.

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