The Most Insightful Stories of 2017
With 2017 drawing to a close, we’re taking stock of some of our hits and highlights. From change management advice to project results and takeaways, here’s a rundown of the website stories you found most engaging over the past year. Thank you for reading them, liking them and sharing them with your network.
Why Data Collection is a Necessary Part of Quality Improvement
Data is a key part of quality improvement, and collecting it can make a huge difference in the results of an initiative. This advice helps you incorporate data at every step of your improvement effort, maximizing your knowledge and ensuring you hold your gains. Read more
Family Partners Help Create Sustainable Change
Parents of children with special health needs become experts on their children’s condition in a way that doctors and administrators cannot. Their countless hours on the front line, navigating the healthcare system and other community resources, gives them invaluable insight into how these systems work (and do not work) for them. Here, one parent-partner shares her perspective. Read more
Success in Change Management: The Flexibility Factor
To create innovative change in healthcare, quality improvement teams and learning collaboratives must be rigorous in every step of their efforts. Factors like meticulous testing and robust data collection are essential for successful change; It is also important to match that rigor with a certain flexibility. From empowering team members to overcoming resistance, here’s how to succeed in change management. Read more
Data Drives Vermont’s Focus on Infant Mortality Reduction
With an infant mortality rate of 4.4 per 1,000 births, 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. Read more
What Comes First? The Policy or the Change?
Policy shifts can drive dramatic changes at the hospital, state and community level. But what happens if the process to introduce new policies impedes or delays higher quality, evidence-based care? Can you create change before policy exists? Read on to uncover strategies for proactively initiating a culture of change where policy is an outcome of shared learning and proven testing. Read more
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Opportunities to Improve Health Equity for Mothers, Babies and Children
To understand health holistically, we need to consider it outside the silo of a healthcare system. We need to take into account the many other factors that impact our individual health, factors like the schools we attend and the relationships we experience. Read on to uncover three tried and tested ways to make changes in your state and help ensure that all children, regardless of circumstance, achieve equity in health outcomes.
Creating a Structure for Improvement in Complex Health Systems
Positively intervening in early childhood development means creating a system that supports the people at all levels, from those working in healthcare and social services settings, to daycare and community support networks, to those in the child’s home. These three essential strategies can help develop such a system, close the gap between research and practice, and take positive steps toward change.
What’s Next for Sickle Cell Disease Improvement? Three Areas That Still Need Our Attention
Right now, close to 100,000 people in the U.S. are battling sickle cell disease (SCD). This means that 100,000 people, many of whom are children, spend days experiencing acute pain, dealing with costly and uncomfortable hospitalizations, and fighting off infections. We can change that. Here are three key areas for targeted improvement.
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.
9 Tips for Moving from One PDSA Cycle to the Next
After finishing your first PDSA cycle, you're ready to dive into the next phase of continuous improvement: your second, third and fourth PDSA cycle, or, as many cycles as needed to reach the final adoption stage. Here are nine rules to help you double check and develop your next round of predictions.
Closing the Breastfeeding Disparity Gap: Methods for Improvement
When compared to all other racial groups, Hispanic mothers are most likely to supplement breastmilk with formula within the first two days of life. One hospital on the Texas-Mexico border, serving a nearly 100 percent Hispanic population, has introduced a variety of interventions aimed at closing the breastfeeding disparity gap, specifically as it relates to exclusive breastfeeding.