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Presenters and planners listed below have not indicated any financial interests or other relationships to disclose unless their name is marked with a *D. Presenters and planners marked with a *D have financial interests or other relationships to disclose.

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With a three day conference pass, you can take advantage of as many of the following workshops as you wish:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 9:15 am - 4:15 pm

Childhood Obesity Advocacy Training for Healthcare Professionals (Presentation Summary, Maas Presentation, Simpson Presentation)

Dexter Louie MD, JD, Chair, CMA Foundation
Elissa K. Maas MPH, Vice President of Programs, CMA Foundation
Victoria Weeks Rogers MD, Director, The Kids CO-OP (Clinical Outcomes and Outreach Program) at The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center
Lisa Simpson MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP, Director, Child Policy Research Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

This training is intended for healthcare professionals who are interested in impacting the obesity epidemic through community advocacy. After completing the all day training session, participants will have a greater understanding of how to impact change through policy, media, coalition building, and the legislative process. Participants will leave the session with a personal advocacy plan based on best practices to use in their fight against childhood obesity. All healthcare disciplines and levels, novice to advanced advocates, are welcome.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 9:15 am - 4:15 pm

Quality Improvement Fundamentals: An Introduction to Jump-Start Curriculum

Supplemental Material:
Team worksheet

Lloyd Provost MS, (*D) Improvement Advisor, Associates in Process Improvement

(*D) Lloyd Provost established contract with publisher Jossey-Bass, SF as the author of The Improvement Guide

This full day session will focus on the Model for Improvement and is designed as a beginning or refresher course on methodology. Participants will learn how to implement the Model for Improvement in their own organizations through interactive activities and examples. Participants will be able to create a program, design an effective aim statement and develop defined measures for an improvement project.

Developing a Safety Program: How to Move Your "Dots" (Lachman's presentation,
Muething's presentation,
Sharek's LPCH presentation, Sharek's medication safety presentation,
Matlow's presentation)

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Peter Lachman, Consultant, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and Royal Free Hospital Hampstead NHS Trust;
Jayant Deshpande, (*D) Executive Physician for Patient Quality and Safety, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt;
Anne Matlow MD, Medical Director of Patient Safety and the Director of the Infection Prevention and Control at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto;
Stephen Muething MD, Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center;
Matt Scanlon, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Critical Care at Medical College of Wisconsin, and Associate Medical Director of Information Services at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin;
Paul Sharek MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, a pediatric hospitalist, and Medical Director of Quality Management and Chief Clinical Patient Safety Officer at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

(*D) Jayant Deshpande established a contract with SaferSleep LLC as a stockholder and a member of the Medical Advisory Board.

Patient safety is now a prerequisite in healthcare. All services need to define their outcomes in terms of safety and quality. The vulnerability of children makes the importance of patient safety a key factor in the delivery of healthcare delivery. This session will be an in-depth examination of the fundamentals of patient safety in pediatrics and child heath and the specific risks children and neonates face. The session will focus on measurement and how it can be used to accelerate change.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 9:15 am - 12:15 pm

Without a Tracer...Your Hospital May Fail to See Risks Lurking Within the System

Ginny Boos RN, BSN, CPHQ, Clinical Safety Officer, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (CMHC);
Carol Kemper RN, PhD, CPHQ, Senior Director of Quality and Safety, CMHC;
Carol Moore RN, BSN, QI Project Coordinator, Department of Quality and Safety, CMHC;
Sheryl Chadwick, Family Centered Care Coordinator, CMHC;
DeeJo Miller, Family Centered Care Coordinator, CMHC

Keeping patients safe within the healthcare organization requires an understanding of the effectiveness of internal processes and risks inherent in the system. Tracer methods are used to evaluate system functioning proactively and guide quality initiatives. This session will guide participants in the development of a tracer program and describe how tracers enhance an established quality improvement program. Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (CMHC) implemented a qualitative program consisting of 4 types of tracers. The four types of tracers that will be discussed are Traditional, High Risk, Patient Flow, and Patient Experience.

I Had a Dream of Healthcare (E)quality... (Kalanj presentation, Jackson presentation)

Boris Kalanj MSW, LISW, Director of Healthcare Equity, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota;
Douglass L. Jackson DMD, MS, PhD, Chief, Center for Diversity at Health Equity, Seattle Children's Hospital;
John D. Cowden MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director, Office of Equity and Diversity, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Pediatric hospitals should have a particular interest in eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, because U.S. children, as a population, disproportionately come from demographic minority groups compared to the population overall. While it is common for healthcare organizations to assume that the care they provide is equitable, without purposeful measurement they will not know whether this is true. Seattle Children's Hospital and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have taken proactive steps to assess healthcare equity and have implemented interventions in key areas to reduce disparities and address equity on a routine basis. This session will highlight the steps needed  to examine equity, including creating a sense of urgency and crafting an organizational vision. Participants will learn about the specific processes, measures, interventions and programs that have been implemented to reduce the disparities and discuss how these  can be adapted to meet similar needs in other pediatric hospitals.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Quality Improvement in Cystic Fibrosis Care (presentation part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5)

Michael S. Schechter MD, MPH, (*D) Cystic Fibrosis Center Director, Emory University School of Medicine;
Kathryn Sabadosa MPH, Quality Improvement Project Manager, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice;
Elizabeth Revilla MS, RD, CSP, Clinical Nutritionist, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory Cystic Fibrosis Center;
Brandy Jones, Parent Advisor, Emory Cystic Fibrosis Center;
Tamila Dulaney BSN, RN, CPN, Staff Nurse 3, Resource, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston Hospital;
Hartley Price MPT, Physical Therapist, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston Hospital;
Christine Middour BS, RRT, Airway Clearance Specialist, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston Hospital;
Amy R. Shipp LMSW, Social Worker, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta;
Alissa Siragusa CCLS, Child Life Specialist, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta;
Clare Hopkins BS, MBA, RRT, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

(*D) Michael S. Schechter established a contract with Genentech, Inc. as a member of the scientific advisory group.

Efforts regarding quality improvement and the evolution of expectations regarding Cystic Fibrosis care that has occurred in the last decade are best understood in the context of the overall healthcare delivery system. This session will begin with a description of the national quality initiative sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Discussion will include the key role of patient registry data in spreading an appreciation of variations in performance and outcomes; the formation and adoption of Cystic Fibrosis QI learning collaboratives; the national benchmarking projects as a novel way to learn of effective approaches to care; the development of practice guidelines; and support of patient/family involvement and transparency. The second part will feature a presentation of outpatient initiatives introduced by care teams at the Emory University Cystic Fibrosis Center and affiliate program to improve processes and disease outcomes.

Making Pediatric Health Information Technology Meaningful (Nigrin presentation,
Harper presentation, Vendittelli presentation, Lehmann presentation)

Daniel Nigrin MD, MS, Senior VP for Information Services & Chief Information Officer Division of Endocrinology & Informatics Program, Children's Hospital Boston;
Marvin B. Harper MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Children’s Hospital Boston; 
Darlene Vendittelli MSM, IT Project Director, Children’s Hospital Boston
Christoph U. Lehmann MD, (*D) Director, Clinical Information Technology, JHCMSC     

(*D) Christoph U. Lehmann established a contract with the American Medical Informatics Association as a member of the Board of Directors; with Mead Johnson as an Honoraria; with Pediatrix as an Honoraria; and with Applied Clinical Informatics Journal as the Editor in Chief.

Inpatient and outpatient electronic health records are becoming more and more widespread; stimulus dollars promise to accelerate adoption even more. Happily for those committed to improvement in care, health IT efforts increasingly focus on its use to improve care.
What are the keys to using health information technology to meaningfully improve care - not simply meeting criteria, but actually improving important processes and outcomes of care? In this Exploratorium, you will hear from leaders in one real world integrated children's healthcare organization - Children's Hospital, Boston - and how they are using technology to improve care across the continuum of care - inpatient, outpatient and community, and patient directed. The emphasis will be on what the keys have been to their success so that you can apply these lessons in your own setting. The session will also point to some cutting edge initiatives with even greater potential to enhance quality and family engagement. In addition, participants will learn about the federal policy environment affecting health IT, how it may affect you and what you can do to shape that policy so that the specific needs of children's healthcare are addressed.

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