If you are considering participating in a QI project to obtain maintenance of certification (MOC) credits, you may want to consider connecting with
- Your own health care organization
- Your local AAP chapter
- Your state's health department
- Your academic-affiliated pediatrics department
- Networks such as those listed below
The AAP Quality Improvement Innovation Networks (QuIIN) is home to multiple pediatric QI networks designed to improve care for children and their families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. These networks include the Value in Inpatient Pediatrics Network and the Practice Improvement Network (PIN).
In 2011, 21 practice teams participated in the PIN Bright Futures Preventive Services Improvement Project. The educational materials and tools developed during the project are available from the QuIIN Web site on the Quality Improvement Resources Web page.
The Continuity Research Network of the Academic Pediatric Society is a national practice-based research network comprising pediatric resident continuity practices. Findings are disseminated to improve the training of future pediatricians and the health care of children, with special attention to children from underserved communities.
Chapter Alliance for Quality Improvement (CAQI) and AAP Chapter Quality Networks (CQN) provide QI programs that meet the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) MOC requirements. The AAP developed CQN, a program of CAQI, to invest in the valuable and unique structure offered by AAP chapters to support pediatricians' efforts toward embedding QI into their everyday practice of medicine. CQN provides chapters with the direct support necessary to lead a QI effort. It works at practice, state, and national levels to build a network of AAP chapters, enhancing their ability to lead QI collaboratives to achieve measurable improvements in the health outcomes of children.
Visit the CQN Web site for QI resources including the Resource Guide for Chapters, Building a Local Capacity for Improvement; AAP policy statements; and other resources.
The National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) comprises more than 20 states that have developed improvement partnerships to advance quality and transform health care 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 QI and a systems approach to changing health care infrastructure and practice. As the nation's first statewide improvement partnership, the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program provides leadership to NIPN. A complete discussion of the origins, evolution, and hopes for the future of these partnerships and NIPN is provided in the Academic Pediatrics journal article The National Improvement Partnership Network: State-Based Partnerships That Improve Primary Care Quality.