Gold Innovation Fellows

Healthcare service delivery is transforming with a new focus on patient-centered care. To manage these changes, healthcare systems need a new generation of clinical leaders with new knowledge, skills, and dispositions.  In response to this need, the Gold Foundation is partnering with hospitals to create a professional development opportunity for emerging clinical leaders engaged in institutional transformation.

The Gold Innovation Fellowship is a professional development experience designed to introduce Fellows to the art and science of healthcare quality improvement and to help leaders cultivate the necessary knowledge, skills, dispositions to partner effectively with patients and communities to co-produce good healthcare outcomes.

Cambridge Health Alliance-Gold Innovation Fellowship

Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is our inaugural partner for this program. The Fellowship is directed by Dr. Maren Batalden, Associate Chief Quality Officer for CHA’s Accountable Care and Population Health Management process, and Dr. Paul Batalden, an internationally recognized expert in health systems and quality improvement.

2017 Projects and Fellows

Redesigning the point of entry at CHA for patients with opioid use disorder
Ellie Grossman, MD
Primary Care Lead for Behavioral Health Integration

Improving the partnership between patients, family caregivers, and professional caregivers in dementia
Serena Chao, MD
Chief, Geriatrics Division

Engaging patients and families to develop a model for integrating medical and mental health services for children at CHA
Nick Carson, MD
Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Services

A team-based approach to improving diabetes control: the role of patient-generated care plans
Fiona McCaghan, RN, MS
Nurse Manager, Nurse Practice Administrator, Primary Care

Organizing treatment around patient-generated health goals in a behavioral health home for patients with severe and persistent mental illness
Miriam Tepper, MD
Medical Director, Health Integration Program

Enhancing provider engagement at CHA by cultivating clinician-administrator partnership
Leah Zallman, MD
Staff Physician, East Cambridge Health Center


2016 Projects and Fellows

Engaging patients and PCPs to ensure timely and appropriate post-discharge care
Richard Balaban, MD
Internal Medicine (PCP), Medical Director of Hospital to Home Community Collaboration Program

Implementation of a chest pain clinical pathway in the emergency department
Christopher Fischer, MD
Emergency Medicine, Site Chief of Cambridge and Somerville Emergency Departments

Heart healthy hypertension program
Lorky Libaridian, MD
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (PCP), Medical Director for Performance Improvement in Primary Care

The firehouse model: Creating community health worker teams to engage vulnerable patients in the CHA catchment area
Robert Marlin, MD

Internal Medicine (PCP), Medical Director of Refugee Health Assessment Program

Co-producing primary care behavioral health using Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
Colleen O’Brien, PsyD
Psychology, Associate Director Primary Care Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry