Quality Improvement

  • Setting the Stage for Sustainability in Quality Improvement Projects

    Posted June 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Barker

    In all types of quality improvement efforts, sustainability is a vital consideration that often goes overlooked until the project’s final stages. With the right balance of foresight and strategy, however, team leaders can plan for sustainability as a project gets underway.

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  • Results of NICHQ Breastfeeding Initiative Featured in Pediatrics Journal

    Posted June 07, 2017 by Cindy Hutter

    Pediatrics journal article features NICHQ initiative were 80% of hospitals achieved Baby-Friendly status.

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  • How to Avoid the Most Common Pitfalls in Planning PDSA Cycles

    Posted May 24, 2017 by NICHQ

    After nearly 20 years of guiding teams in constructing PDSA cycles we’ve identified three common pitfalls. The good news is you can easily avoid them.

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  • What Quality Improvement Means to Healthcare and Public Health

    Posted April 20, 2017 by Connie Cowley, DNP, RN, CPHQ, NE-BC

    Quality is interpreted differently by healthcare and public health.

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  • 3 Keys for Engaging Extended Partners

    Posted April 13, 2017 by Josh Grant

    Gwen Webber-McLeod shares some tips on identifying with and approaching strategic partners.

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  • How to Ace Onboarding New Team Members to a QI Project

    Posted April 04, 2017 by Josh Grant

    A thorough onboarding process can empower new team members to be strong contributors.

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  • Leadership Engagement Bootcamp: Exercise 4: Convene a Diverse Team

    Posted March 30, 2017 by Josh Grant

    A well-rounded team makes a word of difference for QI.

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  • Mother Partners: Promoting Patient-Centered Policies to Support Breastfeeding

    Posted March 28, 2017 by Sarah Cohen

    Mothers aren't just benefiting from improved practices and policies, they're helping hospitals identify strategies to better serve their patients.

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  • Using Data Evaluation to Support Improvements in Epilepsy Care

    Posted March 23, 2017 by Josh Grant

    Data on epilepsy care systems may lead to the type of improvements necessary to create stronger support for patients.

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  • Why Data Collection is a Necessary Part of Quality Improvement

    Posted March 14, 2017 by Josh Grant

    Data is a key part of quality improvement, and collecting it can make a huge difference in the results of an initiative.

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  • How to Use In-Person and Remote Learning Resources to Support Collaboration

    Posted March 07, 2017 by Josh Grant

    Engaging in-person and remote audiences requires nuanced techniques when bolstering collaboration.

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  • How to Avoid Analysis Paralysis and Underplanning in PDSAs

    Posted February 23, 2017 by Josh Grant

    Planning is the first step for running successful PDSA cycles, making important to get right.

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  • Building Stronger Systems for Better Children’s Vision Care

    Posted February 16, 2017 by Liz Barker

    QI is a necessary tool for closing gap in pediatric vision care.

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  • NICHQ Projects Highlighted in Research Journal

    Posted January 31, 2017 by Josh Grant

    Promising results have led to two NICHQ projects being featured in the Maternal and Child Health Journal.

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  • Leadership Engagement Bootcamp: Exercise 3: Using Evidence to Make Your Case

    Posted January 26, 2017 by Josh Grant

    When proposing a new quality improvement initiative to leaders to gain their support, you’ll need different kinds of evidence and data to support your case.

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  • Race and the Inequity in Maternal and Infant Health

    Posted November 17, 2016 by Avery Desrosiers

    Racial disparities in health and healthcare access have a profound affect on infant health, especially when it comes to preterm births.

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  • Quality Improvement 101: The Fundamentals of Real Change

    Posted November 15, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Learn all about Quality Improvement 101, a digital course that teaches the fundamentals of change.

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  • Action Kit Gives Audiologists New Resources for Follow-Up Care

    Posted November 09, 2016 by Josh Grant

    A new action kit aims to support early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs reduce loss to follow-up through quality improvement and innovative strategies.

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  • Leadership Engagement Bootcamp: Exercise 2: Visualize and Align Aims

    Posted September 29, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Learning leaders’ styles is a great first step towards engaging them in quality improvement (QI) efforts. The next two steps -- establishing a vision and aligning aims with the organization -- are important both to securing leadership buy-in and to the work’s ultimate success. Undertaking these actions early on allows for more substantive conversations about QI plans and opportunities that can foster interest at every level of the organization.

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  • Quality Improvement: A Necessary Addition to the Maternal and Child Health Tool Belt

    Posted July 19, 2016 by Avery Desrosiers

    MCH Practice Fellow Avery Desrosiers has been part of the IM CoIIN team during her time at NICHQ. Over the course of her work, she's learned about how quality improvement can affect maternal and child health, how encourages innovative changes within specific communities to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

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  • Family Voices: Using Quality Improvement on the Family Level

    Posted July 14, 2016 by Josh Grant

    For families with children who have special healthcare needs, finding an optimal care system can sometimes be a challenge. While quality improvement is used a great deal in healthcare, a handful of parents participating in a NICHQ-led QI training are finding it can also help parents achieve their individual goals for improving as caregivers and their children’s quality of life. Shu-Chiung Chou recently participated in our ABC’s of QI course, offered to members of Family Voices, a national nonprofit organization working to achieve family-centered care. Chou was eager to join to learn how to better manage her daughter’s care and share what she learned with us.

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  • 4 Benefits to Testing Before Implementing Changes

    Posted June 28, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Quality improvement means making long-term changes that can be adapted and sustained in different environments. Testing is one of the essential steps in optimizing a change idea so that it can improve a specific element within public health.

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  • Leadership Engagement Bootcamp: Exercise 1: Understand Your Leader’s Style

    Posted June 09, 2016 by Josh Grant

    “Follow the Leader” isn’t always a game that should be played during quality improvement (QI) work. In fact, often, QI teams need to be proactive about engaging their leaders, creating a partnership to support change initiatives. To do that, leaders might have to be pushed out of their comfort zones.

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  • NYS Breastfeeding Collaborative Welcomes New Hospitals

    Posted May 26, 2016 by Josh Grant

    More mothers in New York will soon experience better improvements in hospital maternity care, as 21 more hospitals join the state’s Breastfeeding Quality Improvement in Hospitals Collaborative (BQIH). Cohort A saw 12 New York hospitals work together and use quality improvement (QI) methods to change their systems and practices to better support a mothers choice to breastfeedings. Cohort B will see 20 new hospitals participate in the collaborative, building off the momentum and learnings from their predecessors.

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  • Putting the Cross-Sector Gears in Motion: How 3 Best Babies Zones Are Moving Towards Cross-Sector Action to Reduce Disparities in Infant Mortality

    Posted May 17, 2016 by Monica Barr

    The Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative has been working on the social determinants of health for four years. In 2012, BBZ was launched to address the social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to poor birth outcomes. With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, three small pilot “zones” were launched in Cincinnati, OH, New Orleans, LA, and Oakland, CA. In these cities, a lead organization connects and convenes partners from across sectors, creating possibilities for innovative projects that address the root causes of infant mortality in that community.

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  • Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Mercédez Cahue

    Posted March 31, 2016 by Mercédez Cahue

    Mercédez Cahue shares her breastfeeding experience and why she joined the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative as a parent partner.

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  • Just Download It: Wyoming Discovers Novel Way to Help Pregnant Mothers

    Posted March 29, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    Wyoming is improving its birth outcomes one downloader at a time. An interactive mobile app—Due Date Plus—that the state Medicaid office developed for pregnant women is redefining prenatal education and transforming how Medicaid meets the needs of its pregnant population.

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  • 6 Tips for Encouraging Pilot Sites to Collect Data

    Posted March 17, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    Engaging pilot sites to test out change ideas and collect data is one of the best ways to learn how to make change at a local level. Pilot sites can test ideas and assist with planning and implementing a project “on the ground” with individuals in a project’s target audience. If pilot sites are challenged around collecting data to drive their improvement efforts, here are six tips to support them.

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  • Better Care for High-Risk Babies: Improving Perinatal Regionalization in Illinois

    Posted March 10, 2016 by Elizabeth Baker

    An ongoing effort from the Illinois team involved in the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN) is to get 90 percent of very preterm infants in Illinois delivered in Level 3 perinatal facilities. These facilities feature neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), where a combination of leading-edge technology and specially trained staff can vastly improve health outcomes for high-risk babies.

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  • WIC Reps Bridge Gap Between Community and Hospitals through Breastfeeding Support

    Posted March 08, 2016 by Sonya Spillmann, RN

    With both large urban and rural areas in Texas, sharing consistent and accurate information about the benefits of breastfeeding with mothers and healthcare workers is an enormous undertaking. One statewide initiative, the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, is harnessing the power of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) staff, using them as conduits for communicating evidence-based practices and offering guidance to both mothers and healthcare providers.

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  • South Carolina Finds Winning Strategy to Reducing Unintended Pregnancies in its Medicaid Population

    Posted March 01, 2016 by Wendy Loveland

    In South Carolina, half of all pregnancies in 2010 were unintended, primarily due to either lack of or failed contraceptives. Within the South Carolina Medicaid population, almost 79 percent of women defined their pregnancy as unintended. This is particularly troubling because births resulting from unintended pregnancies are linked to adverse maternal and child health outcomes and myriad social and economic challenges. To reduce this percentage, South Carolina Medicaid began a policy change in 2012 aimed at increasing the use of immediate postpartum inpatient insertions of long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARCs).

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  • Tips for Sustaining Leadership Involvement in Your QI Project

    Posted January 22, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    When it comes to sustaining change, many of the critical elements required in leading change—creating urgency, having a vision and strategy, removing obstacles, solidifying gains—are all still required. But one key element to make sure change sticks and gets anchored to a culture is to nurture a coalition of formal and informal leaders that support the ongoing improvement effort.

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  • Why and How to Include the Patient-Family Voice in a Medical Home

    Posted December 23, 2014 by Bonnie Thompson, Mass Family Voices

    As more primary care practices work towards identifying themselves as a medical home, patients and family caregivers can play a vital role in shaping how healthcare is delivered.

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  • Incorporating Quality Improvement in Public Health

    Posted November 11, 2014 by Lloyd Provost, MS

    From my recent experience at the Infant Mortality Summits, a meeting of the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality, it seems that the time is ripe for the widespread growth of quality improvement (QI) strategies in the public health arena.

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  • Stories Matter

    Posted October 20, 2014 by Marianne McPherson, PhD, MS

    In previous blog posts, I’ve often featured a children’s story as the jumping off point for my message. This time, “story” is the message.

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  • What's in a Name

    Posted April 14, 2014 by Charlie Homer

    To more accurately reflect our purpose, we are making a change in our name, from “healthcare” to “health.” NICHQ’s purpose has always been to improve children’s health. That is our passion and now our name is aligned.

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