Implementation Resources (tools & more)

Implementation Resources from the National Center for Medical Home Implementation

      • Family Engagement Quality Improvement Project Change Package
        This quality improvement change package provides multi-disciplinary pediatric practice teams with practical tools, resources, and strategies to plan and implement tests of change or Plan, Do, Study, Act cycles to enhance family engagement.
      • Quality Improvement Innovative and Promising Practice: New Jersey Medical Home Collaboratives
        This state-wide multidisciplinary collaborative utilized a quality improvement methodology to facilitate practice transformation, build capacity among diverse family leaders, and strengthen systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs. This quality improvement promising practice exemplifies systems building among Title V agency staff, American Academy of Pediatrics chapters, and families. Practical implementation strategies and insights are shared and implementation challenges are discussed.

Additional Implementation Resources

      • Don't Just Wait and See: Improving Developmental Screening and Follow-up Quality Improvement Toolkit
        This quality improvement toolkit, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), aims to improve and promote monitoring, screening, and follow-up for developmental concerns in primary care pediatric practices. The comprehensive toolkit is available to assist practices interested in implementing similar projects or for AAP chapters interested in offering a Maintenance of Certification project within their state. All resources included in the toolkit are free and customizable.

 Training, Events, and Conferences

​ Training, Events, and Conferences

      • The Screen Scene: Family Centered Care and Conversation Techniques
        October 24, 2017 at 2 to 3pm Central
        Presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics'
        Screening Technical Assistance & Resource (STAR) Center, this live podcast is the second in a three-part live podcast series aimed at improving childhood development through regular screenings. The podcast discusses practical tools and strategies to enhance family-centered care in early childhood screening processes for developmental/behavioral concerns, maternal depression, and social determinants of health. Shared decision making and conversation techniques will be discussed as strategies to facilitate family-centered care.
      • Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Annual Meeting
        February 10–13, 2018, Arlington, VA
        2018 AMCHP annual conference provides Title V, pediatricians, and family partners an opportunity to present ideas, research, and programming for the maternal and child health population, including children and youth with special health care needs. The theme for the annual conference is Staying Focused: The Enduring Commitment of Maternal and Child Health to Families and Outcomes. Attendees are from multiple disciplines and include representation from government, physicians, family leaders, research, and advocates.  
      • Quality Improvement (QI) 102: How to Improve with the Model for Improvement
        Presented by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, this free five-lesson recorded online course  introduces the basic steps in an improvement project. The course includes practical tools and implementation strategies, including how to use Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles, idea development, measure selection, and many others. The webinars included in the course are targeted for individuals interested in QI in a health care setting.

 Partners and National Initiatives

​ Partners and National Initiatives

 Special Feature: Interview with a Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program Grantee

Interview with a Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program Grantee

Youth & Family Services (YFS), a member of the Rapid City Systems of Care Collaborative, is a Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program grantee in the Rapid City, South Dakota area that focuses on providing early intervention and intensive, family-driven wraparound services for youth and their families who are at-risk for entering the juvenile justice system, residential drug/alcohol treatment, or other out-of-home placement.

The YFS program takes a coordinated, integrated systems approach to establishing medical homes for youth, focusing on providing preventive medicine, mental health support, dental care, advocacy, and case management. The YFS program focuses on ensuring that youth are medically, behaviorally, and academically healthy.

The YFS program utilizes the continuous quality improvement methodology to ensure program success. The following quality improvement strategies are core components of the program:

      • A social worker facilitates the collection of baseline assessments of youth, collecting data in the form of a child behavior checklist, parent family stress index, maternal depression and other screening tools recommended by Bright Futures, and a physical health measurement tool.
      • Data are input into a third-party case-management system which allows a multi-disciplinary team to access this information.
      • Assessments of youth are conducted after they have been in the program for six months; through this assessment, the social worker collects the same data points that were collected during the first intake.
      • Based on assessments, YFS staff create status reports for youth, set new goals, and implement certain activities. Based on services offered and progress made on six month assessments, YFS also calculates the amount of money saved by utilizing preventive, integrated, family-centered, community-based care. These financial savings are used as justification of the effectiveness of the program.

To ensure sustainability of the project, Youth & Family Services staff plan to apply for additional funding from local foundations in South Dakota, connect themselves to larger organizations, enhance and utilize their sister case-management program at the Department of Social Services, and expand their relationship with the local community health center.

For more information, visit the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Web site.