The California Asthma Collaborative was a quality improvement initiative that brought together Medi-Cal officials, health plans, providers, and community-based organizations to develop and implement clinical and administrative strategies to improve asthma care for Medi-Cal enrollees. The collaborative had two major goals: establishing practices that improve clinical quality for enrollees with asthma and maximizing limited resources by coordinating interventions and sharing information across stakeholder groups.

CHCS drew from its experience working closely with multiple stakeholders through its Best Clinical and Administrative Practices initiative and the CHCS Purchasing Institute to develop a collaborative improvement model and convene a workgroup of quality improvement teams that repeatedly tracked the effectiveness of its activities using interim and long-term measures. CHCS facilitated workgroup communication and collaborative problem-solving through meetings, group conference calls, and individual team technical assistance.


  • Alameda Alliance for Health
  • Central Coast Alliance for Health
  • Community Health Group
  • Contra Costa Health Plan
  • Inland Empire Health Plan
  • LA Care Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Partnership HealthPlan of California
  • San Francisco Health Plan
  • Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority
  • Universal Care