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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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NIPN Activities

Access the schedule for the 2023 NIPN IP Learning Session here.


The 2022 NIPN Annual Meeting took place November 30, 2022. To access the recording and slides, click here.  





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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

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 >>


New leadership at VCHIP

Rachel Garfield, MHS, PhD is the new executive director for the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program.  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 >>


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.