The Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP)
The CHIP is the practical application or experiential component of the program, allowing the participants to immediately translate the UCLA program curriculum to improve performance at their own organizations. Participants routinely meet in learning groups to discuss and complete the CHIP planning template. The CHIP provides a process for conducting environmental analysis, identifying critical issues and/or key problems, reaffirming missions, and formulating goals, objectives and strategic options.
Through a peer-and-faculty consulting process, participants develop a unique strategic plan to resolve a significant issue or obstacle in their organization and to assist in adapting to health care reform. On the final day of the program, participants present their CHIPs to faculty and to their colleagues.
A fundamental element of the program is the required in-person involvement of the organization's Board or Community Coalition Chair. During the last 2½ days of the program, these "co-participants" collaborate with the executive(s) of the organization to formulate and finalize the CHIP.
MBA Teaching Associates
A unique feature of the program is the assistance of MBA students as Teaching Associates (TA). These TAs work closely with the program participants individually and in study groups to guide them through the coursework and strategic planning.