Online Program

Building a Culture of Quality to Demonstrate Value and Improve Equity

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Erin Bonzon, MSW, MSPH, Women's and Infant Health, AMCHP, Washington, DC
Infant mortality in the United States is a persistent and complex public health challenge, particularly in southern states. Nationally, for every 1,000 live births, more than six infants die in the first year of life, and many are preventable; in the southern states this represents more than 5,000 excess infant deaths between 2007 and 2009. Further, significant disparities persist. In 2012, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) launched a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to reduce infant mortality, engaging the 13 states in HRSA service regions  IV/VI.  From 2012-2014, states learned from one another, received support for the application of quality improvement (QI) processes, and tracked progress toward established benchmarks on shared strategies.

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AMCHP developed the Birth Outcomes Collaborative that builds off the existing infrastructure of the CoIIN to reduce infant mortality across states in regions  IV/VI, by facilitating the spread of evidence based practices/innovations to improve birth outcomes/reduce infant mortality; increase the use and application of QI methods to address birth outcomes, and demonstrate the value of multidisciplenary investments in MCH interventions to improve birth outcomes.

This workshop will highlight select states experiences in the Collaborative to improve public health/health care processes and precursors to birth outcomes, using collaborative learning and QI to leverage the work of CoIIN.  Specifically, state MCH Directors will share progress and lessons learned to address their priority strategies through performing economic analyses for interventions and strategies identified through CoIIN.

Learning Areas:

Biostatistics, economics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the spread of evidence based practices/innovations to improve birth outcomes/reduce infant mortality Describe the use and application of QI methods to address birth outcomes Demonstrate the value of investments in multi-stakeholder interventions to improve birth outcomes Discuss continued progress toward health equity in birth outcomes

Keyword(s): Maternal and Child Health, Health Disparities/Inequities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I contribute to the advancement of MCH programs and lead technical assistance efforts for the organization related to women’s health and improving birth outcomes.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.