Leadership Engagement Bootcamp: Exercise 4: Convene a Diverse Team
Assembling a team for a quality improvement (QI) initiative is a lot like finding players for a game of kickball on the playground – there needs to be a diverse set of skills to fill key positions and ensure success. And building a well-rounded team can go a long way towards earning engagement from senior leaders.
Team members with diverse and unique perspectives, skills and backgrounds can help support the success of a QI initiative. The varied team members can lend voice to the intended effects change would have, whether they’re the ones who are creating and testing the solutions or the ones who would benefit from them.
“An array of voices helps contextualize why change is necessary,” says NICHQ Director of Programs Meghan Johnson, MSc. “Diverse voices provide leverage for getting leadership buy-in. They show that an initiative isn’t change for the sake of change and that it would support a large group of stakeholders and constituents,” says Johnson.
Who should be part of a QI team? These are some key people who should be considered:
- Front-line Staff – The stakeholders whose processes and procedures will change as the result of QI can demonstrate pain points in systems for senior leaders. Having these staff members contribute to an initiative shows that there is desire to evolve current practices.
- Cross-Disciplinary Contributors – Because every QI initiative is unique, experts should be included to steer the overall work and ensure that it maintains its course. Data analysts, healthcare specialists and improvement advisors can work with other stakeholders and empower them to create long-term change.
- Families – Family engagement is crucial to improving any aspect of children’s health systems, whether it’s in one community or the entire country. Hearing directly from families about the challenges they face can guide teams towards identifying areas for improvement and strategies that could benefit every family. Using QI on the family level can help enact real change.
Ultimately, QI is always a collaborative effort, and earning leadership engagement is one as well. Forming your team and bringing in contributors from every level shows senior leaders that the initiative already has support.
Scan of Early Childhood Developmental Screening Strategies Reveal Varied Approach
A new issue brief from NICHQ and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) provides insight into the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant developmental screening activities across the country.
Using Simulation Modeling Technology to Make a Case for Change
Imagine you had multiple best practices for reducing cesarean sections (c-section) rates in your state but wanted to know which would have the most impact and all you had to do was push a few buttons to find out. That is exactly what a simulation model is doing in the state of New Jersey.
Data Drives Vermont’s Focus on Infant Mortality Reduction
At 4.4 percent, Vermont has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the country, but, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) knows there is always room for improvement. As a part of the NICHQ-led Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN), NICHQ helped VDH use data to drive discussions and make decisions about where to prioritize its work: smoking cessation and safe sleep awareness.
New Framework to Curb Births of Babies Born Dependent to Drugs
There is little consensus about the best way to diagnose and treat opioid addiction in women and infants. As part of the NICHQ-led Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN), ASTHO is releasing a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Framework to support stakeholder discussions at the state level to better understand how collective efforts can prevent in-utero opioid exposure and impact the incidence of NAS.
Stumping Out Prenatal Smoking in West Virginia
Tobacco use during pregnancy increases the rate of stillbirth, preterm birth, birth defects, low birth weight and infant mortality. Despite this information, some states have consistently high rates of women who smoke while pregnant. Read how West Virginia succeeded in addressing this challenge as part of the NICHQ-led Infant Mortality CoIIN.
Creating Better Advocates for Sickle Cell Disease Care
Quality improvement in public health means working through every sector and influence that affects how people live. At the highest level, this includes the rules and laws where people live. Read how Missouri is creating better care for individuals with sickle cell disease by working with the state government to make change.