Please visit www.IHAWCC.org to learn more about learning collaboratives, quality improvement, and to access additional resources.
Diagnosis and Management of ADHD Learning Collaborative
This learning collaborative kicked off in March, 2015. The aim of this learning collaborative is to ensure that all children ages 4-18 years with suspected or diagnosed ADHD are systematically and accurately diagnosed, including assessment for comorbidity, and receive optimum treatment and management for their ADHD.
Stay tuned for successes from the Diagnosis and Management of ADHD Learning Collaborative.
Patient Centered Medical Home for Rural Practices
The Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Program and CHIC collaborated to introduce a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model to medical providers who care for children in rural parts of Idaho.
The PCMH Learning Collaborative kicked off in April, 2015. The aim of the PCMH learning collaborative is to increase and strengthen understanding and utilization of patient centered and family centered care, specifically among children with special healthcare needs.
Stay tuned for successes from the Patient Centered Medical Home for Rural Practices learning collaborative.
Healthcare Transitions Learning Collaborative
This learning collaborative aimed to ensure children with special healthcare needs have adequate and appropriate transition planning. The LC kicked off in June, 2014 and ended in January, 2015. Clinics experienced several successes during the learning collaborative and adopted several process changes related to addressing healthcare transitions in adolescence. In general, providers experienced an increased focus on healthcare transitions including: earlier screening of healthcare transition needs, providing transitional support to families, and utilizing a written plan of care to identify and track healthcare transition activities.
Preventing Childhood Obesity Learning Collaborative
The CHIC Project launched a 9-month learning collaborative on the prevention of childhood obesity in May, 2014. The project focused on accurately measuring pediatric BMI percentiles in youth ages 2-14, identifying patients at risk for being overweight or obese and providing healthy nutritional and physical activity education at their Well-Child visits. Pediatricians, Family Physicians and other providers participated in specialized education aimed at using nationally-recommended educational tools such as 5-2-1-0! Let’s Go! and connected the target population with other community resources geared specifically for young patients and their families working towards healthy weight goals.
Adolescent Depression Screening Learning Collaborative
The CHIC Project launched an 8-month learning collaborative on Adolescent Depression Screening in September, 2013. The project worked with over 60 providers in 15 pediatric and family practices throughout 11 cities in the state of Idaho and one practice in Utah. Through the use of universal evidence-based screening tools, these providers increased their knowledge of appropriate treatment strategies, increased early detection rates, and learned to initiate treatment for depression in adolescents aged 12 through 17 years old in their practices.
Immunization Learning Collaborative
The CHIC Project completed its second learning collaborative on Pediatric Immunizations in November, 2013. Eight practices statewide implemented a quality improvement project aimed at recognizing and improving immunization rates in their practices for children aging from birth through 18 years old. This 12-month project successfully reported improvements in rates of documenting immunization status and follow-up in all participating practices. Please see the Immunization Project Graph for additional data.
What is a Learning Collaborative?
A learning collaborative is an opportunity for healthcare providers and practices to participate in a structured quality improvement process to raise the quality of care they deliver.
Every learning collaborative includes:
- A kick-off learning session to hear evidence behind "best practices"
- Coaching on how to implement process improvement in your practice
- Ongoing technical assistance
- Topic-related conference calls from experts in the field
- Site visits from quality improvement coaches
- A wrap-up session to review progress
- Suggestions to create and implement a plan for sustainability
Pediatric Patient-Centered Medical Home Demonstration
The Pediatric Patient-Centered Medical Home Demonstration took place from May, 2012 to May, 2013. Participating practices were: Primary Health Medical Group – Pediatrics, St. Luke’s Developmental Pediatrics, and Pocatello Children’s Clinic.
- Better access to care for patients
- A Medical Home Coordinator leading and facilitating the transformation to a patient-centered medical home
- Family Partners providing support to parents and feedback to clinics to improve patient and family involvement and satisfaction
The Idaho Health & Wellness Collaborative for Children (IHAWCC) has been established as Idaho’s first Pediatric Improvement Partnership!
What is an Improvement Partnership (IP)? An Improvement Partnership is a collaboration of public and private partners that uses measurement-based efforts and a systems approach to improve the quality of children’s healthcare.
With St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital as the institutional home, stakeholders statewide have been identified and have begun meeting regularly to start building the foundation for IHAWCC.
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