Safety Net / Implementation Awards

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

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

Initiated in 2017, the Safety-Net Health Innovation Awards provide each team with up to $150,000 for projects up to two years. Projects are expected to provide preliminary data for extramural funding to implement and formally evaluate the interventions within LAC DHS.


The next round of applications will be accepted in Spring 2024

See the RFA

Recent Awardees

"Improving Postpartum Care Transitions for Clients with Mental Health Conditions"

Institution: Lundquist Institute - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Award Year: 2023

"Improving Care and Addressing Health Literacy in Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis and Surveillance"

Institution: Olive View-UCLA Medical Center – Department of Surgery
Award Year: 2023

Prior Awardees

Between 2015 and 2019, we supported 18 projects* that had an impact on care or outcomes for 82,000 LAC DHS patients and 270 providers and LAUSD students.

*2018 and 2019 were co-sponsored by the Southern California CTSI at USC.

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

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