This project works with health care practitioners to improve outcomes for child and youth with chronic illness. Current efforts focus on the population of children cared for in The University of Vermont Children's Specialty Center, in particular those children with diabetes, cystic fibrosis, kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In addition to the clinic specific projects, we work collectively to improve the care of children with chronic illness.
Previous work completed by the VCHIP team sought to identify children at most need for improved access to care, quality of care, and coordination of services. Through our work, we have identified children and youth with non-complex and complex chronic disease to provide data to practitioners within the Children's Specialty Center to help guide improvement initiatives. Our overall objectives are to improve child health outcomes, advise on changes in policies to result in more efficient and effective use of resources, and ultimately reduce costs.