Spread of Quality Improvement for Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs
WHAT: A project to improve the health and well being of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families through building the capacity of state Title V programs—in concert with other state based partners—to create and sustain effective community-based systems of care for this population.
WHO: The project engaged 22 teams from 17 states. An additional 18 state teams participated in an abbreviated form of training resulting from this project called Jump Start.
WHEN: October 2007 to June 2011
FUNDER: The project was funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
NICHQ'S ROLE: Led a planned innovation program to identify successful state level strategies of enhancing healthcare and other community services, synthesized a new framework to be applied in the subsequent collaborative process, and assessed its validity through expert review and field testing. Facilitated a Breakthrough Series learning collaborative to apply the framework of the innovation program to two topic areas— Epilepsy and the Newborn Hearing Screening.