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California Quality Collaborative

PBGH created the California Quality Collaborative (CQC), a health care improvement program dedicated to helping ambulatory care teams gain the expertise, infrastructure and tools they need to advance care quality, be patient-centered, improve efficiency and thrive in today’s rapidly changing environment.

The program is dedicated to advancing the quality and efficiency of the health care delivery system across all payers, and its multiple initiatives bring together providers, health plans, state and purchasers to align goals and take action to improve the value of health care for Californians.




Crystal Eubanks
Vice President, Care Transformation

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Programs and Initiatives

California Advanced Primary Care Initiative

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The California Advanced Primary Care Initiative is an effort to strengthen the primary care delivery system throughout the state.

Improvement and Learning Collaboratives

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The California Quality Collaborative (CQC) offers improvement and learning collaboratives that are multi-year technical assistance programs.

CQC Behavioral Health Integration Initiative

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Meeting patients’ mental health needs and considering social impacts on their health are fundamental to providing comprehensive, patient-centered and high-quality care.

California Medicare Collaborative

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A one-year stakeholder alignment effort dedicated to improving care across the spectrum of Medicare enrollees, including duals, non-duals and those in traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage programs.

California Data Exchange Framework

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Rapid data exchange within the health care delivery system is integral to achieving equitable, patient-centered care for all Californians.

Building Capacity for Improvement

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The California Quality Collaborative (CQC) offers a variety of educational and training initiatives focused on building knowledge and skills in delivery system improvement.


Designing an Effective Colorectal Cancer Outreach Campaign

BHI Snapshot | Selecting an Integration Model

Issue Brief: Capitated Payment for Primary Care in Self-Funded Health Insurance Arrangements in California

Common Value-Based Payment Model Guide for Primary Care Physicians & Payers

California Advanced Primary Care Initiative | 2023 End-of-Year Report

Issue Brief: Recommendations to Advance Equity Through Payment Models

Issue Brief: Measuring Advanced Primary Care in California

Issue Brief: Improving the Collection and Use of Race, Ethnicity and Language Data

Behavioral Health Integration Improvement Collaborative Curriculum

CQC Aims 2024-2027

Upcoming Events and Training

June 5, 2024

CQC Webinar: Behavioral Health Integration – Children and Youth Collaborative Learning Exchange Program

BHI-CYCLE is a nine-month learning collaborative beginning October 2024 that will bring together organizations experienced in integrating behavioral health services into primary care for children and youth. ​

Past Events and Training

May 15, 2024

Blue Shield of California Webinar: Co-opetition in Action: California Advanced Primary Care Initiative

Tune in to hear representatives from several organizations who are participating in the California Advanced Primary Care Initiative and learn about the steps they are taking to improve primary care service delivery in California.

April 18, 2024

Using Health Equity Data to Stratify Quality Improvement Performance Measures

The California Quality Collaborative (CQC) presented as part of the Central Valley Health Network’s Improvement Collaborative series for health centers, offering guidance and best practices on how to effectively use health equity data to stratify quality improvement performance measures.

March 20, 2024

CQC Webinar: Addressing Disparities in Colorectal Cancer

In honor of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the California Quality Collaborative (CQC), a quality improvement program of the Purchaser Group on Health, hosted a webinar on March 20th, 2024 where we addressed disparities in colorectal cancer screening and treatment and answered the question: what can patients, providers, health plans and purchasers do to advance equitable colorectal cancer care?  

December 7, 2023

Measuring Advanced Primary Care in California: Pilot Results and the Path Forward

Join this CQC webinar to hear results and stakeholder reactions to the California Advanced Primary Care Measurement Pilot and explore the best next steps for the California health care system.

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Program Staff

Crystal Eubanks
Vice President, Care Transformation
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Michael Au
Senior Manager, Care Transformation
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Anna Baer
Program Coordinator
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Anna Elgart
Communications Manager
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Kerry Donohue
Senior Manager, Equity and Transformation
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Karin Johnston
Senior Manager, Practice Transformation
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Erika Lind
Manager, Care Transformation Events and Learning
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Julie Malonzo
Program Coordinator
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Kristina Mody
Associate Director, Practice Transformation
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Mary Nickel-Nguy
Senior Manager, Behavioral Health Integration
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Jose Ordoñez
Manager, Data Analytics
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Lindsay Petersen
Senior Manager, Care Transformation
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Melissa Preciado
Associate Director, Equity and Transformation
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Peter Robertson
Senior Director, Practice Transformation
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CQC Steering Committee

Parag Agnihotri, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Population Health Services, UC San Diego Health
Sean Atha, MHA
Steering Committee Co-Chair, 2023-2025; SVP, Business & Program Development, Vivant Health (River City Medical Group)
Swati Awsare, MD, CHIE
Staff VP Quality Improvement Strategy, Elevance/Anthem
Palav Babaria, MD, MHS
Chief Quality Officer and Deputy Director, California Department of HealthCare Services
Diana Camacho, MPH
Senior Program Officer, Improving Access, California Health Care Foundation
Trung Dang, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group
Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Center Network
Archana Dubey, MD
Chief Medical Officer, United Healthcare
Hector Flores, MD
Medical Director, Family Care Specialists Medical Group/Altais Clinical Services; Chair, Department of Family Medicine, White Memorial Medical Center
David Ford
Chief Executive Officer, California Physician Services Organization
Claire Horton
Vice President, Kaiser Permanente
Stephen Hoy
Chief Operating Officer, PFCCpartners
Susan M. Huang, MD
Chief Medical Officer, America's Physician Groups
Brad Jacobson, MPH
Program Manager, Strategic Improvement, Valley Health Plan
Ravi Kavasery, MD
Vice President, Provider Performance, Quality, and Affordability, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Blue Shield of California
Sayeed Khan, MD
Steering Committee Co-Chair, 2023-2025, Chief Medical Officer, Molina Healthcare
Pamela Laesch, MD
Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, Hill Physicians Medical Group
Lance Lang, MD
Steering Committee Member Emeritus
Linda Lee, MPH
Executive Director, Quality, CalOptima
Julia Logan, MD
Chief Medical Officer, CalPERS
Cathrine Misquitta, PharmD, MBA
Vice President, Quality Management, Health Net
Elizabeth Mitchell
President and CEO, Purchaser Business Group on Health
Taylor Priestley
Director Health Equity & Quality Transformation, Covered California
Donald J. Rebhun, MD, MSPH
Corporate Medical Director, Optum California
Cary Sanders, MPP
Senior Policy Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
Edward Sheen, MD, MPH, MBA
Chief Quality and Population Health Executive, L.A. Care Health Plan
Bruce Spurlock, MD
President & Chief Executive Officer, Cynosure Health
Padma Taggarse, MMI, MBA
Executive Director, Physician Office Quality, Health Services Advisory Group
Preeti Tahiliani
Executive Director, Network Strategy & Innovation, Aetna
Audrey Tio, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Network Performance, Sutter Health
Mike Weiss, DO
Vice President, Population Health, CHOC Children's
Gavin White
Market President, Aledade
Dolores Yanagihara, MPH
Vice President, Performance Measurement & Analytics, Integrated Healthcare Association