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Clinical Communities

Six clinicians in a conference meeting

Clinical Communities are self-governing networks with a broad representation across Johns Hopkins Medicine who come together to identify and achieve goals related to health care quality. Comprised of inter-professional members (to include patients and families), these physician-led groups foster collaboration and support peer learning. Key stakeholders establish quality and safety initiatives, work collaboratively within their organizations, develop project goals, targets and timelines and are accountable for measureable results. Tapping into the wisdom of those closest to the point of care encourages innovative solutions that are wiser, effective and more likely to be implemented. Each community is guided by the Armstrong Institute mission of partnering with patients, their families and other interested parties to eliminate preventable harms, optimize patient outcomes and experience and eliminate waste in health care delivery.

Organized by discipline or medical setting, clinical communities launched at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2011, and the list of active communities is steadily growing.

  • Blood Management
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Diabetes
  • Electrophysiology
  • Endoscopy
  • Hospitalists
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Joint Replacement
  • Language Access
  • Medication Management
  • Nursing Quality
  • Opioid
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Spine
  • Stroke
  • Surgery

The Armstrong Institute convenes the communities and provides core resources, such as data support, and administration. However, the community is driven by the peer network, which thrives on collaboration, social connections and active engagement. It is an environment where members can openly discuss problems and concerns without repercussions.

Get Involved

We welcome new members to our communities.

Each community meets monthly for two hours. Members’ time commitment between meetings varies depending upon the project, but it typically amounts to normally no more than two additional hours a month.


  • Renee Demski, Vice President of Quality, Johns Hopkins Health System and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Lisa Ishii, Chief Quality Officer/Medical Director, Clinical Pathways

Clinical Communities Staff

Lois Anderson, Senior Project Administrator —
Natasha Speed, Senior Project Administrator — 
Alaysia Phillips, Senior Project Administrator —
Jody Bigley, Project Administrator

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