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The National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) is a network of over 20 states that have developed Improvement Partnerships to advance quality and transform healthcare for children and their families. An Improvement Partnership is a durable state or regional collaboration of public and private partners that uses the science of quality improvement and a systems approach to change healthcare infrastructure and practice. Vermont’s Improvement Partnership, the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP), provides leadership to NIPN.

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2022 NIPN Annual Meeting

The 2022 NIPN Annual Meeting will be held in Burlington, VT on November 30 and December 1, 2022.  We look forward to seeing our IP members and partners.  See more about the 2022 meeting.





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States are Developing Improvement Partnerships

Since 2003, a growing number of states have adopted an Improvement Partnership program as part of their state’s strategy to improve the quality of care provided to children and families. VCHIP, along with other NIPN states, provides technical assistance and mentorship to states wishing to form an Improvement Partnership. Read more


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NIPN Measures

As a step towards strengthening the reporting of Improvement Partnership outcomes NIPN has established a set of standard process measures for IPs on Adolescent and Young Adult Health, Healthy Weight (Obesity) and Asthma. Launching a set of core measures for each topic area is important for standardizing and measuring improvement across all Improvement Partnerships, and to aid in the reporting of outcomes and impact. Learn more

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News & Events

A Statewide Approach to Improving Child Health and Health Care

A dynamic network aims to help Vermont's pediatric practices navigate an evolving quality improvement landscape. Read more >>

Reaching Out to Rural Practices in Tennessee

As a Pediatric Portfolio Sponsor with the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (TNAAP) approves quality improvement (QI) projects for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 credit. TNAAP also focuses on primary care settings in small towns across the state through its Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Initiative for Tennessee (PHiiT). Read more >>

Elizabeth (Cason) Benton!

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) had selected Dr. Benton to receive the 2018 Paul V. Miles (PVM) Fellowship Award. This award is given annually to an accomplished mid-career pediatrician dedicated to improving the quality of health care for children. Read more >>

Highlight Video

Funding & Sustaining Your Improvement Partnership
Led by a panel of experienced Improvement Partnership leaders during the 2014 Annual Meeting

Recent NIPN Articles

NIPN Builds the Quality Focus, Pediatric News Digital Network (April 2015)

A Case Study of Improvement Partnerships in New Mexico and Oregon: Evolving State Quality Improvement Infrastructure and the Role of Improvement Partnerships and NIPN (January 2015)

Academic Pediatric Association Newsletter (February 2014)

"The National Improvement Partnership network: State-Based Partnerships That Improve Primary Care Quality."
AAP QI Supplement (November 2013)

“State Partnership Supports Quality Improvement in Pediatric Practices, Leading to More Evidence-Based Care, Better Care Coordination, and High Satisfaction in Participating Practices.”
AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange Highlight (June 2013)

OPIP Receives Award

Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership (OPIP) received the Administrator's Excellence Award for its work to improve access and systems of care for Oregon’s vulnerable children.

Learn more about Oregon’s Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) III Initiative.