Growing Best Babies Zones: The Utilization of Quality Improvement in a Community-based Setting
As part of this approach, we designed and implemented two programs. The first program, Club Mom, is a monthly program targeting pregnant and young mothers. Program goals include shared learning experience and engagement in celebration, education and life course planning. The second program, Healthy Homes – Block by Block, focuses on developing a cohort of Block Captains to support young families, and promote child and family development. The program seeks the following objectives for each home: 1) a safe infant sleeping environment, 2) adequate reading materials to promote kindergarten readiness, 3) appropriately installed home safety equipment, and 4) connection to a family pediatrician or prenatal care provider. For each program, quality improvement tools are used to facilitate identification, engagement, and tracking of target families, including monthly involvement in program activities. Results to date demonstrate promising outcomes in reaching target families, suggesting that quality improvement methods can be successfully adapted to support community-based initiatives. Future directions include measurement of birth and other health outcomes through neighborhood-level data.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Describe the utilization of quality improvement tools in a community-based setting Identify the strengths and challenges of employing a place-based multi-sector approach to achieve community transformation and improve birth outcomes. Explain specific steps necessary for testing using plan-do –study–act (PDSA) cycles to facilitate the identification, engagement, and tracking of target families. Analyze the progress of current programs using run charts to track process measures and outcomes
Keyword(s): Infant Mortality, Maternal and Child Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: James M. Greenberg, MD, is co-director of the Perinatal Institute and director of Neonatology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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