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CHCO Clinical and Operational Effectiveness and Patient Safety - Small Grants Program


The CU School of Medicine (CUSOM) and Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. The existing partnership between faculty, leadership and staff has been an essential element in the many successes advancing the quality and safety of care provided at CHCO.
 
We strive for excellence in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Six Core Competencies for Quality Patient Care, which are: patient centeredness, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and medical knowledge. In essence, our goal is to do the right thing for the right patient at the right time and for the right price.
    
This grant program, now in its 3rd funding cycle, encourages initiatives that put evidence into practice, implement innovative process improvements, and/or enhance skills and knowledge of healthcare providers, with the goals of improving patient safety, and/or enhancing the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care delivery.
 
2014-2015 Grant Cycle Schedule:
April 4, 2014 - Request for Proposals due, see RFP guidelines
April 17, 2014 - Committee meeting to review LOI's
June 2, 2014 - Grant proposals from selected candidates due, see submission guidelines
June 25, 2014 - Committee meeting to review proposals
July 3, 2014 - Grant awards announced
August 1, 2013 - Funding start date
 
 
2014-2015 Request for Proposals:
Clinical and Operational Effectiveness and Patient Safety Grants
 
Sponsors: University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) and Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO)
Background: The existing partnership between faculty, leadership and staff has been an essential element in the many successes advancing the quality and safety of care provided at CHCO. In an effort to accelerate and expand these successful partnerships, we are offering this opportunity for Children’s Hospital faculty to apply for grants under an expanded program with funding from the Dean’s office at the School of Medicine.  The goals for these projects should be aligned with improving quality as defined by the Institute of Medicine - we seek to make care more safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient/family centered and equitable. This grant program, now in its 3rd cycle, will preferentially fund initiatives that put evidence into practice, implement innovative process improvements, and/or enhance skills and knowledge of healthcare providers, so as to improve patient safety, or enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery.
We have established this small grants program in order to seed promising ideas from our faculty and staff to provide leadership in improving clinical/operational effectiveness and patient safety.  We encourage all applicants to employ multidisciplinary approaches and to make explicit use of QI methodologies when possible.  This grant program will not support the development of new technologies or medications and the application of them into medical practice (translational research).
Applicants should consider the following guidelines:
·         Applicants must be SOM faculty on staff at CHCO.
·         Grants provide one-year of funding up to $25,000. A 1-year, no cost extension is
        permissible if sufficient progress is made in the first grant year.
·         Funding is primarily designed to support the operational costs of QI initiatives (e.g.
        professional research assistants, consultants, survey/statistical help, etc.).  Projects to
        fund faculty effort may be considered in special circumstances where other operational
        improvement costs are separately funded or can be assured.
·        The project must have a CHCO clinical program within the hospital or network of care as
        its primary focus.
·        Grantees will need the approval of CHCO managers/practice directors in clinical areas
        where the project will be conducted.
LOIs will be rated on the following criteria: importance (magnitude/scope, alignment with institutional goals), impact (expected outcomes, processes, cost), feasibility (PI and project team, resources, timeframe), and approach (QI methodology, multidisciplinary, innovative).
We invite you to submit a 2-page Letter of Intent due April 4, 2014 (include:  project goals and specific objectives; background and significance; project design (setting, population, measures and how obtained and intervention); timeline; and anticipated cost.  Within two weeks, the grant committee will contact applicants selected to submit a detailed 10-page proposal due June 2, 2014.  The committee anticipates announcing the awards on July 3, 2014, with the funding to begin August 1, 2014.
Send letters of intent to: heather.hallman@ucdenver.edu
Please direct questions to: Daniel Hyman, MD, MMM, Daniel.Hyman@childrenscolorado.org