HKS Student Sylvia Leung Reflects on Local Implementation of National Innovation

October 7, 2013
HKS Student Sylvia Leung Reflects on Local Implementation of National Innovation
Ash Center Summer Fellow Sylvia Leung (center) with colleagues at Healthy San Francisco

By Sylvia Leung

Ash Center Summer Fellow Sylvia Leung, MPP 2014, served with the Healthy San Francisco (HSF) program—a finalist for the Innovations in American Government Award—during the summer of 2013. In the slide presentation below, she reflects on her firsthand experience helping to create a strategic plan for the city and county of San Francisco as they embark on implementing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The presentation, Ten Tips for Local Implementation of National Policy Innovation, explores a number of management strategies deployed by HSF as it prepares to redefine itself after the passing of the ACA. The lessons—which Leung organizes into three categories of culture, partnership, and leadership—are relevant for any local jurisdiction with the task of implementing a national policy innovation.

For example, Leung reflects on “ownership,” observing, “In a complex delivery system, it is important to set the boundaries and clarify ownership of roles, responsibilities, and expertise. Ownership requires that an individual or local government department adopts these new responsibilities as part of their larger mission.”

Leung book cover

View the presentation on SlideShare by clicking on the image above, or download the PDF.