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Project Partners

The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative was supported by the following staff and partners.

The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund (the Fund) is a private foundation that aims to promote a high-performing healthcare system that achieves better access, improved quality and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children and elderly adults. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on healthcare issues and making grants to improve healthcare practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.

Visit The Commonwealth Fund's website.

Project Staff

Melinda K. Abrams, MS
Vice President, Delivery System Reform

Qualis Health

Qualis Health is a private, nonprofit healthcare quality improvement organization (QIO) whose mission is to generate, apply and disseminate knowledge to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and health outcomes. Founded in 1974, Qualis Health has grown to become a nationally recognized leader in the areas of clinical quality assessment and quality improvement, process improvement and care management.

Visit Qualis Health's website.

Visit Qualis Health's Practice Transformation services website.

Project Staff

Jonathan R. Sugarman, MD, MPH
Principal Investigator

Kathryn E. Phillips, MPH
Director, Safety Net Medical Home Initiative (former)

Diane Altman Dautoff, MSW, EdD
Senior Consultant (former)

Senior Consultant

Donna Daniel, PhD
Director, Practice Transformation and Measurement (former)

Sharon Eloranta, MD
Medical Director, Patient Safety (former)

Bre Holt, MPH
Director, Practice Transformation

Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Informatics

Regina Neal, MS, MPH
Director, Practice Transformation Consulting

Nimi Sandhu, MPH
Senior Programmer Analyst (former)

Nicole Van Borkulo, MEd
Practice Transformation Program Manager (former)

Karen Vest-Taubert, RN, BSN, MBA, PCMH CCE, Six Sigma Green Belt
Senior Consultant

Ginny Weir, MPH
Program Analyst (former)

The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at the Group Health Research Institute

The mission of the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at the Group Health Research Institute (the Center) is to develop, evaluate and disseminate innovations in healthcare delivery. Since the mid-1990s, the Center has focused on research and quality improvement efforts to improve the quality of care for the chronically ill, with the goal of bridging the gap between patients' needs for comprehensive chronic care and healthcare delivery systems originally designed mainly to treat acute illness. The Center is the National Program Office for Robert Wood Johnson's Improving Chronic Illness Care Program. The MacColl Center developed and tested the Chronic Care Model.

Visit the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at the Group Health Research Institute's website.

Visit the Improving Chronic Illness Care website.

Project Staff

Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, MACP
Director (Emeritus)

Brian Austin
Associate Director

Katie Coleman, MSPH
Research Associate

Judith Schaefer, MPH
Senior Research Associate

Robert J. Reid, MD, PhD
Associate Medical Director of Health Services Research & Knowledge Translation

Technical Expert Panel

A Technical Expert Panel helped guide project activities. Experts included representatives from the nation's leading medical associations, community health centers, academic institutions, quality improvement organizations and others.


In addition to The Commonwealth Fund, the following organizations generously supported the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health
The Boston Foundation
Colorado Health Foundation
Jewish Healthcare Foundation (Pittsburgh, PA)
Northwest Health Foundation (Portland, OR)
Partners HealthCare (Boston, MA)

AIMS Center
Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions

In 2013, the AIMS Center joined the project to co-develop the Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide.

The University of Washington's AIMS Center is a group of faculty, staff and consultants dedicated to improving the health of populations by advancing effective, integrated behavioral healthcare. We believe there is no health without mental health and envision a world where medical and behavioral health professionals work together to provide collaborative, patient-centered care. We develop, test and help implement evidence-based integrated care models like Collaborative Care that bring high quality mental health care to non-traditional settings, like primary care. Our services include coaching and implementation support, research collaborations, and education and workforce development.

Visit the AIMS Center's website.

Project Staff

Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD
Associate Director for Education

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA

Tess Grover, BA
Program Assistant