Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the IHI Open School Change Agent Network
What is I-CAN?
The IHI Open School Change Agent Network (I-CAN) is a community of learners from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies who are committed to applying leadership and community organizing skills to improve health and health care in their local settings.
- In our initial campaign between September 2014 and December 2015, I-CAN engaged over 35,000 change agents in actions to improve health.
How do I get involved in I-CAN?
There are three ways you can get involved in I-CAN:
- Pledge to support I-CAN. You can do this now on the I-CAN website.
- Learn and engage your community in improving health through our I-CAN Activity Pages.
Lead a project and enroll in the online course, Leadership and Organizing for Change.
- Can you give me an example of an I-CAN Project? What is the difference between a quality improvement project and a community organizing project?
We have two project-based learning offerings in the Open School — Leadership Organizing for Change, and a Quality Improvement Practicum that walks learners through how to set up and execute a health care improvement project. This chart provides additional details about the differences between the two offerings:
QI 201: Guide to the IHI Open School Quality Improvement Practicum
I-CAN Course, Leadership and Organizing for Change
- Walks students through the process of conducting a quality improvement project
- Calls on learner understanding of improvement science
- Focus on improving care process for patients
- Walks learners through the process of leveraging leadership and community organizing skills to improve health and health care in their local setting
- Teaches organizing as a leadership practice
- Improving medicine reconciliation on admission
- Reducing wait times in an emergency room
- Improving hand hygiene compliance rates within a unit
- Contacting 100,000 uninsured residents in a state to educate them about their health care insurance options
- Working with retail pharmacies to offer student- and resident-led wellness consultations with customers on smoking cessation, safe sex practices, and other healthy behaviors
- Building strategic relationships with community organizations to offer student-led community cooking classes, health screenings, or educational seminars
- What if I don’t have an idea for my project?
That’s okay! Visit the I-CAN Projects page to see a growing list of I-CAN projects you can join or the I-CAN Activity pages to begin generating new ideas.