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: Marie.Gilbert@samc.com; Leslie Catron: lcatron@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 regional plan, initially developed in 2010 and updated annually, provides a framework for the work of the Committee and addresses evolving priorities and needs, key functions, education and program development, and strategies to leverage shared resources. Examples of resources, core programs and services available in the region are:

  • Organizational structure: The SCSC Operating Committee, comprised of key stakeholders from over 30 academic and service settings, was established to advise and guide the regional plan. The Committee meets every 2 months, and is co-chaired by simulation leaders from academic and service settings. Meetings are rotated at various locations to incorporate site visits to simulation centers across the region. An educational topic or presentation is provided during committee meetings to inform the region of innovative simulation practices and programs, support learning, and advance best practices.
  • Communication: A list serve of over 500 contacts of those providing or interested in simulation education is maintained. SCSC Newsletters are published every 2 months and a web page is available on the CSA website. A Simulation Center Directory is provided as a resource listing simulation centers and contact information to support networking.Resources and Needs Assessment: A regional assessment of simulation programs identified centers with interest and capacity to serve the region, resulting in the development and implementation of local Apprentice sites. Regional surveys conducted in 2009 and 2011 provide information on the scope of simulation education, and data helpful to inform and prioritize regional planning.
  • Faculty Development: A novice to expert faculty development plan adopted the BASC/CSA curriculum consisting of novice, intermediate and advanced level classes for school and hospital faculty established a framework to conduct classes locally scheduled every 1-2 months. Over 400 faculty have attended one or more of the classes offered since 2009; and local faculty are now part of the CSA faculty team to strengthen and sustain regional development.
  • Projects and Collaboration: An initiative to establish writing teams to develop, validate, test, and share scenarios was implemented in 2010 to reduce duplication and provide consistency in simulation education aligned with the CSA scenario development plan.

SCSC contacts: Chair, Kim Baily, kbaily@pasadena.edu

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