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Keywords: Health 2.0, physician-patient communication, patient empowerment, chronic conditions.
Citation: Finn NB. Recommended website: “Team Up for Health.” J Participat Med. 2011 Aug 22; 3:e38.
Published: August 22, 2011.
Competing Interests: The author has declared that no competing interests exist.
A new $2.86-million, 30-month initiative called Team Up for Health, developed by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), helps primary care providers support patients in the self-management of their chronic conditions. The goal is to empower and equip patients with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to manage their health everyday through collaboration with their clinicians. A full description of the program and how it works can be found at

On the Team up for Health website, patients and providers can read about the rationale for this program and learn about a methodology for changing the culture of an organization from a traditional provider-patient relationship to a patient-centered care model. There are coaching tips for providers on how to achieve patient centered chronic care management, as well as assessment tools and survey instruments. There is also a toolkit for clinician that includes advice on patient self-management support and a variety of reports and research on this topic.

CHCF is a nonprofit grant-making philanthropy based in Oakland, California. Founded in 1996, CHCF issues approximately $40 million in grants each year from an endowment of approximately $700 million. CHCF works as a catalyst to fulfill the promise of better health care for all Californians. The Foundation supports ideas and innovations that improve quality, increase efficiency and lower the costs of care. For more information about CHCF, visit

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