Data Analysis, Evaluation, and Research
Beginning with its earliest projects, VCHIP has provided core data support to our state partners, both in supporting implementation of new data systems at the practice level and in conducting analysis to inform public health priorities and strategies. For example, in 2004, VCHIP worked closely with the state to help practices implement the statewide immunization registry to ensure that up-to-date and secure vaccination histories were easily accessible by authorized healthcare professionals. Similar work has continued with other data systems, most recently the statewide Developmental Screening Registry and implementation of an on-line developmental screening tool. VCHIP faculty were among the first to leverage the state’s all-payer claims database (the Vermont Health Care Uniform Reporting and Evaluation System), and VCHIP’s Health Services Research Team has published on a range of topics in child health including depression screening, asthma management, pediatric healthcare reform, immunizations, mental and physical health co-morbidity, and adolescent well-care visits.
State and Federal Policy
VCHIP’s close collaboration with state partners has led to ongoing engagement in state policy development. VCHIP has worked (and continues to work) with statewide policy initiatives such as the Vermont Blueprint for Health, OneCare Vermont, and Vermont’s Health Information Exchange and participates in statewide discussions about care coordination, quality improvement, and family and child health policy. VCHIP faculty actively participate in multiple state advisory groups and policy discussions, testify before the state legislature, and hold leadership positions in state professional organizations. Our close collaboration with the state enables us to pivot to address emerging needs. Early in the pandemic, VCHIP partnered with the state to quickly stand up regular “CHAMP/VDH” calls to inform pediatric practitioners and stakeholders of the latest developments in COVID prevalence, testing, and policy. These calls, which occurred daily and recently transitioned to monthly calls, became a trusted and effective lifeline for the child health community. VCHIP faculty are also actively engaged in federal child health policy, with past and ongoing participation in initiatives including development and implementation of updated Bright Futures guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, collaboration with the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, work with the National Association for State Health Policy, and service in leadership positions within the American Academy of Pediatrics and Pediatric Academic Societies, among others.
National Improvement Partnership Network
VCHIP was the first Improvement Partnership, or “durable state or regional collaboration of multi-disciplinary public and private partners from across the healthcare system that uses the science of quality improvement and a systems approach to improve healthcare infrastructure and practice,” in the nation. As VCHIP’s work received recognition, faculty and staff were asked by other states, first informally and then through funded efforts, to provide expert guidance and consultation on establishing and operating an improvement partnership. In 2009, under the leadership of VCHIP and in response to growing interest across the states who had been part of the improvement partnership movement to date, the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) was established as a mechanism to formally pool resources and share learnings between and across developing and existing IP programs. Through the National Improvement Partnership, VCHIP has engaged in nationwide quality improvement initiatives and training, including ongoing work related to adolescent and young adult health. VCHIP continues provide leadership to the National Improvement Partnership, which still serves as a learning network for improvement partnerships across the nation.
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