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The National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) is a network of 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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NIPN Learning Sessions

NIPN convenes bimonthly learning sessions to facilitate the implementation and dissemination of quality improvement knowledge and innovation across and between developing and existing IPs.  Read more





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Establishing an Improvement Partnership

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

Advancing early childhood development

Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership is one of four grantees awarded the nearly $4 million Transforming Pediatrics for Early Childhood cooperative agreement. Read more >>


Celebrating 10 Years

The Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance  (ACHIA) celebrated it's 10th anniversary as an IP. Read more >>

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 >>


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

Recent NIPN Articles

Improving asthma conditions for children and adolescents by expanding the statewide learning collaborative model through health homes (2020). Read ACHIA's article

Improving adolescent depression screening in pediatric primary care (2019). Read VCHIP's article

A learning collaborative model to improve human papillomavirus vaccination rates in primary care (2018). Read NIPN's article