Preventing Childhood Obesity Learning Collaborative
The CHIC Project launches a 9-month learning collaborative on the prevention of childhood obesity in May, 2014. This project focuses 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 treating kids 2-14 years in Idaho Health Districts 2 through 6 will participate in specialized education aimed at using nationally-recommended educational tools such as 5-2-1-0! Let’s Go! and be connected 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. This project is working with over 60 providers in 13 pediatric and family practices across 19 sites in the state of Idaho and one practice/site in Utah. Through the use of universal evidence-based screening tools, these providers will increase their knowledge of appropriate treatment strategies, increase early detection, and learn to initiate treatment for depression in adolescents aged 12 through 17 years old in their practices.
Immunization Learning Collaborative Wraps Up!
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.
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.
What is a Learning Collaborative?
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 CHIC Project kicked off the Pediatric Patient-Centered Medical Home Demonstration in May 2012.
Participating in the demonstration are:
Primary Health Medical Group – Pediatrics, Boise
St. Luke’s Developmental Pediatrics, Boise
Pocatello Children’s Clinic, Pocatello
Accomplishments to date include:
- 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
CHIC and the Maternal Child Health Program Launch Collaborative Rural PCMH Project
The Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Program and CHIC are collaborating on a new project to introduce the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model working with medical providers who care for children in rural parts of Idaho.
This collaboration project is operating in Public Health Districts 6 and 7 and is providing funding for one Medical Home Coordinator (MHC) embedded in each district. The two MHCs travel between multiple independent medical practices in their respective districts. The MHCs are working through a combined curriculum incorporating Patient-Centered Medical Home and MCH objectives with requirements including: care coordination, health education, disease prevention, quality improvement methodology, medical home concepts and services to pediatric patients, focusing on children with special healthcare needs within the practices.
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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