CSA Regional Collaboratives

Seven regional collaboratives have been established around the state. Click the link below to view a map of the regions:

CSA Regions


Rural North Area Simulation Collaborative (RNASC)

The RNASC includes simulation centers located from Sacramento to the Oregon Border, and from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The RNASC meets twice a year in April and October. Each meeting highlights a member simula-tion center, provides technical training, showcases new equipment available for simulation and includes time for networking, questions and resource sharing. The Rural Northern California Clinical Simulation Center (Rural SimCenter) is located in Chico and hosts these meetings. The Rural SimCenter was recently accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and offers simulation educator training, including team training options, on a regular basis.

Find out more about the Rural SimCenter here

RNASC contact: Becky Damazo: bdamazo@csuchico.edu

Capital Area Simulation Collaborative (CASC)

The CASC is committed to providing a network of support for interprofessional simulation learning to service partners and academia in and around the greater Sacramento area. The CASC hosts mini-SUN (Simulation User Network) conferences at the Simulation Learning Center on the California State University, Sacramento, campus, in addition to bi-annual meetings that provide opportunities for research sharing, technical training, showcasing of new simulation equipment, and networking.

Service organizations represented in the CASC: Kaiser Roseville, Kaiser South Sacramento, Mercy Hospital Folsom, Mercy General Hospital, Mercy San Juan Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Sutter Medical Center Sacramento, UC Davis Medical Center, Woodland Healthcare, and Veterans Hospital Sacramento.

Academic organizations represented in the CASC: Breckenridge School of Nursing, Carrington College, CSU Sacramento School of Nursing, Delta Community College, Kaplan University, North State School of Pharmacy, Sacramento City College, Samuel Merritt (Sacramento campus), and UC Davis School of Nursing.

CASC contacts: Chair:  Cleona Cash:  cleona.cash@yahoo.com and Co-chair: Debra Brady:  bradyd@csus.edu.

Bay Area Simulation Collaborative (BASC)

The Bay Area Simulation Collaborative (BASC) is comprised of representatives from schools of nursing and hospitals in the ten Bay Area counties. HealthImpact and the California Simulation Alliance (CSA) provide leadership for the BASC and is one of seven regional simulation collaborative in California.

The BASC was funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2006 and developed as a regional demonstration model and has been replicated in various regions of the state and around the country.

For more information, contact the BASC co-chairs: Lina Gage-Kelly at agage-kelly@samuelmerritt.edu, or Lisa Sabatini at lmsabatini@usfca.edu.

Central Valley Simulation Collaborative (CVSC)

The Central Valley Simulation Collaborative (CVSC) was formed in 2009 and spans from Stanislaus to Bakersfield.

Our vision: Promote the incorporation of simulation into healthcare with the intention of improve the safety and quality of patient care.

Our Goal: Sustain a simulation network that shares knowledge, experience, innovative

Meetings: Due to the large region that the collaborative covers, the group meets two times employers for travel plus a longer time to provide a quality education program

Membership: We actively promote an multidisciplinary membership recognizing the interdisciplinary team that provides patient care and who trains together in simulation. There is no requirements to join and no fees to pay.

Invitation: Anyone interested in simulation from anywhere (California and beyond) may
CVSC contacts: Marie Gilbert: mgilbert@mail.fresnostate.edu or Tara Lemoine: Tlemoine@valleychildrens.org

Inland Empire Simulation Collaborative (IESC)

The IESC was launched the fall of 2011. There are many people in these areas already using simulation, as well as new programs starting up. The purpose of our IESC is to provide valuable resources to with those who are using simulation-teaching methodologies in their institutions, universities and facilities. The IESC was revitalized in November 2015 after a meeting at California Baptist University hosted by Dayna Herrera. We plan on meeting every few months and the next meeting will be in February at Azusa Pacific University.

IESC contacts: Dayna Herrera: dherrera@calbaptist.edu

Southern California Simulation Collaborative (SCSC)

The SCSC was developed with leadership provided by CINHC, supported with initial funding from the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Grants Program in 2009. The SCSC built upon the learnings and success of the BASC funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and provides a regional mechanism to facilitate networking and support collaboration in the advancement of simulation practices in Los Angeles and the five surrounding county area.

The SCSC consists of several hundred service and academic simulation enthusiasts in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond. We include clinicians, academics, sim op specialists and techs from the area. We typically meet quarterly at different sim centers throughout the region (February, May, September and November).  We share research and best practices as well as offer support to one another.  There are no dues or commitments to belong to the group other than an interest in simulation.  We have offered several local inexpensive debriefing workshops with funding from the Health Workforce Initiative.  If you would like to join one of our meetings or be added to our mailing list please contact Russell Metcalfe-Smith at russell.metcalfeSmith@cchs.org

SCSC contacts: Russell Metcalfe-Smith: russell.metcalfeSmith@cchs.org

San Diego Simulation Collaborative (SDSC)

The SDSC includes hospitals and schools within the surrounding San Diego region. Meetings are hosted by Scripps Mercy Hospital, the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, and Naval Medical Center San Diego. Attendees have been representatives from both service and academia. A survey is being developed to send to all 60+ members to determine specific needs and goals.

SDSC contacts: Deb Bennett: debennet@csusm.edu; Karen Macauley: macauley@sandiego.edu; Andrea Jean-Murphy: murphy.andrea-jean@scrippshealth.org