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, participant(s) 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 Chair 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. In the week prior to the co-participant's arrival, the participant(s) (an individual executive or team of executives) will have experienced approximately 65 hours of intensive training and instruction to prepare for the formulation of the CHIP (see above for description of the CHIP). The co-participants role in the CHIP is crucial, as they will help finalize the CHIP for presentation to the group in the program and implementation upon returning to the organization. The input and support from the co-participant is essential to the completion of the CHIP and the generous financial support of Johnson & Johnson enables the participation of a co-participant in this endeavor, which should be of benefit to the organization.
UCLA Anderson MBA Teaching Associates
A unique feature of the program is the assistance of current UCLA Anderson MBA students as Teaching Associates (TA). TAs work closely with the participant(s) and act as strategic consultants in helping them to conduct an organizational assessment as they develop their strategic projects (CHIPs). These strategic projects address an identified organizational weakness or business problem and it is the role of the TA to assist participants in this process and prepare an action plan to implement in their organizations when they return.