Healthcare Quality Week
Data Collection & Quality Improvement
While changes are at the heart of quality improvement (QI), using data at every phase of a QI initiative helps inform the progress and outcomes of the work. The information is both a catalyst for change and a result of testing new strategies, making it a crucial element that can’t be ignored at any point. Data collected to understand improvement shows progress over time and serves as a barometer that allows teams to understand which change ideas are beneficial and which need refinement to reach the intended outcomes.
Quality Improvement Courses for Professionals
Healthcare providers, community organizations, hospital systems, government agencies and all other stakeholders in children’s health can use QI to address current challenges in serving their communities. To help future change agents develop and implement successful strategies, NICHQ has developed Quality Improvement 101, a digital course that explains the fundamentals of improvement.
Addressing Racial Equity
In the U.S., the gap in health outcomes between non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white children continues to widen, with children of color more frequently suffering from chronic and preventable health conditions. Without both a health and racial equity lens, organizations risk driving ineffective change by not first taking into consideration the structural factors influencing children’s health.
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Related Articles for Healthcare Quality Professionals
Incorporating Quality Improvement in Public Health
From my recent experience at the Infant Mortality Summits, it seems that the time is ripe for the widespread growth of quality improvement strategies in the public health arena, says Lloyd Provost.
QI Initiative Brings National Changes to Breastfeeding Support
The NICHQ-led Best Fed Beginnings initiative has made it possible for 218,000 more babies to be born in Baby-Friendly hospitals every year. Collaboration was essential because of the complex challenges for creating better breastfeeding support.
Quality Improvement: A Necessary Addition to the Maternal and Child Health Tool Belt
MCH Practice Fellow Avery Desrosiers shares how quality improvement can affect maternal and child health and how it encourages innovative changes within specific communities to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
Using Quality Improvement to Address Racial Equity
In the U.S., the gap in health outcomes between non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white children continues to widen, with children of color more frequently suffering from chronic and preventable health conditions. Incorporating both a health and racial equity lens can help us drive sustainable improvements and counteract the role racism plays as key determinant of health. Here are four pieces of advice for applying that lens.
Setting the Stage for Sustainability in Quality Improvement Projects
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.
What Quality Improvement Means to Healthcare and Public Health
Quality improvement (QI) methods provide the structure and tools to test, refine and adopt changes that lead to improvements. However, the characteristics of quality don’t have the same meaning to everyone working in the health space.
Why Applying Quality Improvement Techniques to Non-clinical Data Makes Sense
The growing trend of increasing capacity and timeliness of collecting surveillance data (such as birth and death records used by epidemiologists) is opening up opportunities for these rich data sources to be used for quality improvement efforts.