NH Citizen's Health Initiative and NH Pediatric Improvement Partnership Receive Grant to Improve Developmental Screening in Children
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January 14, 2016
NH Citizens Health Initiative and NH Pediatric Improvement Partnership Receive Grant to Improve Developmental Screening in Children
Collaborative Seeks Applicants to Join Quality Improvement Initiative
Concord, NH – The NH Citizens Health Initiative (Initiative) and the NH Pediatric Improvement Partnership (NHPIP), part of the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for Health Policy and Practice, were recently awarded a $25,000 grant to support implementation of a developmental screening quality improvement learning collaborative in pediatric primary care practices. Funding for the collaborative was provided by the Fund for Tomorrow: Youth and Children in New Hampshire of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The grant funding is from January 1- December 31, 2016.
The learning collaborative will support up to five practices in implementing a standardized screening tool (Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)) at the 9, 18, and 30 month well-child visits, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This project combines the developmental screening pilot efforts of the NHPIP with the Initiative’s ongoing outreach to primary care practices across New Hampshire.
Research cites the importance of children entering school ready to learn, and that early intervention is vital to support healthy development in those with developmental delays. Expansion of developmental screening in primary care will increase the number of New Hampshire children assessed for developmental delays and referred for services that will help prepare them for social and educational settings.
“Children in New Hampshire represent the future of our state, and nothing is more important than helping ensure they have the best start possible,” says Jeanne Ryer, Director of the NH Citizens Health Initiative. “We are grateful to the NH Charitable Foundation for allowing us the opportunity to do this great work. “
The Initiative and NHPIP are currently accepting applications for participation in the developmental screening quality improvement learning collaborative. There is no charge to practices to participate in the learning collaborative. A 15 minute informational webinar will be held Thursday, January 21 at 12:30pm. More information about the learning collaborative and the 1/21 webinar can be found on the Initiative and NHPIP websites at: http://citizenshealthinitiative.org/ and/or http://nhpip.org/ .
The New Hampshire Pediatric Improvement Partnership (NHPIP) is a state-level multi-disciplinary collaborative of private and public partners dedicated to improving child health in NH through the use of measurement-based quality improvement processes in healthcare settings.
The NH Citizens Health Initiative is a multi-stakeholder collaborative effort that promotes systems transformation in New Hampshire to improve the health of NH’s population, in line with the Triple Aim. The Initiative, a program of the Institute of Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) at the University of New Hampshire, has a ten-year history of leading, incubating, and testing innovative transformation efforts.
The Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) at the University of New Hampshire is an applied research institute, established in 1999, to conduct and disseminate high-quality, cutting-edge applied research and policy work that enables health system partners to implement evidence-based strategies to improve public health.
The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 12,300 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students.