Family Health Network (FHN) and Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. (NOCHSI) recently sent teams to the first Quality Improvement Collaborative meeting hosted by the New York State Department of Health. FHN and NOCHSI are two of seven health systems from across New York State that will be participating in this year long project.
The Quality Improvement Collaborative is part of the Local Initiatives for Multi-Sector Public Health Action (Local IMPACT) grant, which is administered locally by HealtheConnections. Local IMPACT is designed to target high-needs communities in New York State with 15 mutually reinforcing strategies that together, prevent obesity and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. These strategies are implemented in both community and healthcare settings.
The Local IMPACT Quality Improvement Collaborative will support participating health care systems in their implementation and use of evidence-based hypertension and prediabetes practices to create transformational and sustainable changes designed to improve patient outcomes.
The overarching approach to the Local IMPACT Quality Improvement Collaborative is the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series. This evidence-based approach advocates for identifying, testing, and spreading changes that are effective at improving care and outcomes for defined populations. It stresses a well-focused, time-limited aim that uses process measures and outcome measures to track improvement and evaluate progress.
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