Asthma Quality Improvement Initiatives in Oregon

The Oregon, Alabama, Maine, and Ohio Chapters were selected to participate in the Chapter Quality Network Asthma Pilot Project (CQN). The AAP program provided these chapters with tools, resources and ongoing technical support from a quality improvement consultant to lead a QI effort to improve asthma care. This opportunity was available through the generous support of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN). The Oregon Asthma project was led by Dr. Sandra Miller of Oregon Medical Group in Eugene, Oregon and involved 11 practices across the state. CQN demonstrated that education about QI processes and support from experts and other physicians can bring about substantial practice changes for motivated practices. This program has now completed.

The Screening Tool and Referral Training (START) delivers best practice in standardized developmental screening tool use for well child care and has trained approximately 500 participants from a broad array of disciplines across the state. This training represents a significant quality improvement effort for OPS and is approved by the American Board of Pediatrics for Maintenance of Certification Part 4 credit. Many content areas all focussed on practice improvement are available around Oregon depending on existing grant funding.

Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership

OPS is a founding member and Steering Committee Member to the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership (OPIP) (  Formed in 2010, OPIP is meant to create a meaningful, long term collaboration of stakeholders invested in child health care quality, with the common purpose of improving the health of the children and youth of Oregon. OPIP is dedicated to building health and improving outcomes for children and youth by: 1) Collaborating in quality measurement and improvement activities across the state; 2) Supporting evidence-guided quality activities in clinical practices;  3) Incorporating the patient and family voice into quality efforts; and 4) Informing policies that support optimal health and development for all children and youth. OPIP is housed at Oregon Health & Science University.

American Academy of Pediatrics resources