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Community Engagement

Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP)

DHS Partnered Pilot Projects


Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Safety-Net Health Innovation Awards

UCLA CTSI, the Southern California CTSI at USC, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS) awarded Safety-Net Health Innovation Awards (formerly Implementation Science Awards) to three project teams to develop and pilot interventions to enhance quality, efficiency and patient-centeredness of care in the county health care system.

Initiated three years ago, the Safety-Net Health Innovation Awards provide each team with up to $75,000 for one year. Projects are expected to provide preliminary data for extramural funding to implement and formally evaluate the interventions within LAC DHS. Between 2015 and 2019, we supported 18 projects* that had an impact on care or outcomes for:

  • 82,000 patients
  • 270 providers
  • LAUSD students
*The first round of DHS pilots did not include USC.

Year Awarded Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
2019 Daniel DeUgarte Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA County-Wide Implementation of Post-Operative Pain Management Guidelines with Reduction of Prescribed Opioids
2019 David G. Armstrong, Gregory A. Magee USC The Hotfoot Line: Implementation and Harmonization of an Instant-triage Program to Speed Care and Eliminate Preventable Diabetes-related Amputation in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
2018 Emily Chang Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA Curing the Opioid Crisis: Integrative Medicine Services for Outpatient Pain Management
2018 Lello Tesema LAC DHS (Correctional Health Services) / USC Rapid Engagement of Patients with Substance Use Disorders through Expedited Triage (RESET): A Jail Implementation Study
2018 Kabir Yadav Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA Using Behavioral Science to Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Use in Acute Care Settings
2017 Dong Chang Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA Time Limited Trials to Reduce Non-Beneficial Intensive Care Unit Treatments Among Critically-Ill Patients with Advanced Medical Illnesses
2017 Elizabeth Pyatak USC Addressing Uncontrolled Diabetes in Primary Care: A Lifestyle Redesign Approach
2017 Kenneth Zangwill Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA Discontinuation of Antimicrobial Prophylaxis After Surgical Incision Closure


Map of LAC-DHS Partnered Projects from 2015*, 2017, 2018.
*NOTE: Funding did not include USC as a partner until 2017.

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