Facilitating Continuous Quality Improvement for the Vermont Blueprint for Health

The Vermont Blueprint for Health is a state led program that aims to integrate a system of health care for patients, improve the health of the overall population, and improve control over health care costs.

For more than a decade the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) has supported the development, evaluation, and implementation of the Blueprint.  Currently, VCHIP Quality Improvement Facilitators provide ongoing coaching to primary care practices and assist partners from health care, social services, and other stakeholders in collaborative efforts to improve the health of the community.

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Goals &
  • VCHIP’s Quality Improvement Facilitators provide continuous quality improvement coaching primarily to independent primary care practice sites and Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Burlington Health Service Area.
  • The team helps practices implement care delivery models that are patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety.
  • Quality Improvement Facilitators support statewide learning collaboratives and regional Accountable Communities for Health.
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  • VCHIP’s Quality Improvement Facilitators help over 25 pediatric, family, and adult primary care sites engage in practice-initiated quality improvement activities, complete annual reporting required to maintain national recognition as Patient Centered Medical Homes, and work on meeting external quality goals used to inform health policy, primary care practice payments, and improvements to the provision of health care.
  • Quality Improvement Facilitators support community-wide efforts, such as improving community mental health and wellness and increasing cultural humility and inclusive healthcare.
  • VCHIP’s team works closely with a statewide network of quality improvement professionals to efficiently synthesize new information and adapt to evolving healthcare delivery and payment systems.
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  • Find more information about the Vermont Blueprint for Health and the Patient Centered Medical Home Model here.


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Project Team

Julianne Krulewitz, PhD, CPHQ, Project Lead

Rachael McLaughlin, Quality Improvement Facilitator

Ellen Talbert, Quality Improvement Facilitator

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