Project Summary

The goal of this project is to prepare the Valleywise Health (VH) system to implement evidence from PCORI-funded research in selected clinical units using a cross-cutting approach. Achieving this capacity building goal is a priority in order to implement evidence-based practices, then spread them across the entire health system.

VH proposes to undertake two related Capacity Building Project Activities to build capacity for VH participation in the HSII:

  • Activity 1. Conduct a global readiness assessment in all clinical departments at VH.
  • Activity 2. Identify organizational strengths and barriers that could impede implementation and develop actionable plans for addressing these barriers.

Based the findings from Activities 1 & 2, VH will develop Action Plans consisting of five phases:

  • Phase 1: Select the clinical units to participate in preparing the implementation of evidence-based medicine.
  • Phase 2: Identify and select practice champions.
  • Phase 3: Develop an infrastructure plan to support training for relevant clinical staff.
  • Phase 4: Conduct preliminary training for key leadership.,
  • Phase 5: Enhance VH data systems and analytics.

The two Activities that will be undertaken for this Capacity Building Project will involve all medical staff and clinical staff throughout the VH system who provide direct patient care to the patients in all facilities, including three inpatient facilities, 11 community clinics, and four ambulatory centers. This global approach will allow assessment of readiness, as well as strengths and barriers across the VH system. This will provide a comprehensive understanding among all clinicians and clinical staff who will be directly involved in the implementation of PCORI HSII evidence-based research, the processes of care and the resources currently available.

These activities will enhance the ability of the VH System to implement PCORI-funded evidence-based projects to improve patient care. Specifically, the readiness assessment will define the current state of capacity change and the success of implementation work within the organization. With this information, VH will be able to identify current strengths and barriers to develop improved processes to increase the speed and sustainability of implementing current best practices.

Health System Name

  • Valleywise Health

Principal Investigator(s)

  • Michael White, MBA, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
  • William Riley, PhD, Director, The National Safety Net Advancement Center

About HSII Capacity Building Projects
Funding for HSII Capacity Building Projects was the first funding opportunity available under HSII, to support HSII Participants’ efforts to prepare for successful implementation and program evaluation as part of HSII Implementation Projects. Through HSII, HSII Participants will undertake implementation projects to actively advance the adoption of new evidence, drawn from PCORI-funded research, into their care delivery settings.

Project Information

Valleywise Health

Key Dates

June 2023
February 2025
Last updated: July 5, 2023