Scott Berns Shares Healthcare Improvement Strategies at HUBweek
NICHQ has spent the past two decades advancing children’s health. We are leaders not because we follow the same routines, but because we seek innovation. At NICHQ, we do things differently.
NICHQ President and CEO Scott Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, joined fellow healthcare innovators at HUBweek, Boston’s festival for the future. As a keynote speaker for the Healthcare Redesign Collaborative, Berns shared NICHQ’s unique approach to bridging silos in the healthcare community to create pathways for collaboration and innovation.
Didn't make it to the event? Here are some highlights from Bern’s keynote discussing some essentials for systems change.
As President and CEO of NICHQ, Berns provides strategic direction and leadership of a growing portfolio of initiatives aimed at driving change to improve children’s health. He serves as principal investigator on three NICHQ-led multi-million dollar federal projects: the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network, the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network and the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program. Berns is a nationally recognized expert in quality improvement science in maternal and child health and has published extensively. Read his full bio.
A Proactive Approach to Early Children’s Vision Screening
As part of the Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support (ICV) initiative, NICHQ is helping three states to develop comprehensive, coordinated approaches to improving vision and eye health for children under age 5. Introducing a systems-level approach can best overcome geographic and economic obstacles, and navigate the various components of state and community health systems.
What Comes First? The Policy or the Change?
What happens if the process to introduce new policies impedes or delays the provision of higher quality, evidence-based care, such as new infant safety recommendations or a proposal for improved epilepsy diagnosis? In other words, what happens if policy becomes a barrier to change rather than a core driver?
How to Cope with Change Fatigue
To keep your change initiative moving forward on the right path it’s important to know the symptoms of fatigue and the right strategies for addressing them. To help, we’ve paired the common causes of change fatigue with proven strategies to keep your change efforts on track.
Start Producing Better Sickle Cell Disease Outcomes in Your Community Today
Explore strategies and examples from communities working to improve care for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). All results are taken from NICHQ’s recently released congressional report from the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program (SCDTDP), a national effort that sought to improve the lives of those living SCD.
Building a Culture of Collaboration Within Multilevel Systems
Because children’s health is influenced by a great many factors, simultaneously engaging systems at the community, city, state and government level is essential for significant change. All too often we discover that two state agencies can be closely aligned on their goal, but working independently to reach it. When we work collaboratively instead, we’re able to pool, leverage and reinforce our resources for a common aim. A new e-course, NICHQ’s Essentials of Collaboration, provides strategies for healthy collaboration.
Using Variation to Understand Improvement and Inform Action
Using data to understand system-level change is critical for quality improvement (QI) projects. Data, viewed in a sequence, like time or a series of events, helps us understand if changes we make to a system or process bring about improvement. Looking at data this way prevents us from seeing trends where they do not yet exist, or overreacting to any single data point.