Improving Systems to Support Quality Healthcare for Children and Youth in New York State

Status: Complete

WHAT: A project designed to further enhance the clinical quality in New York State’s school-based health centers by teaching health center and state health department staff how to support, spread and sustain quality improvement initiatives. The project’s initial work focused on enhancing children and youth healthcare through asthma care, comprehensive physical exams and the prevention and treatment of obesity.

WHO: The project involved 24 school-based health centers in New York State.

WHEN: March 2009 to April 2010

FUNDER: This project was funded by the New York State Department of Health.

NICHQ'S ROLE: Provided training on how to use the Model for Improvement to make and spread improvements. Also, NICHQ designed a comprehensive measurement strategy for the New York State Department of Health to use to track the progress of its school-based health center project.

Young boy getting a checkup from a doctor

Improving Health in Schools

Since this project was focused on the larger issue of enhancing healthcare for children and youth in schools, the work spanned several child health topics: asthma, obesity and school based healthcare.