Learning collaboratives: The Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has worked to implement the Bright Futures Guidelines through learning collaboratives. Between September 2011 and March 2012, for instance, the chapter partnered with the Idaho Medicaid program to launch the Pediatric Asthma Learning Collaborative that involved 18 pediatricians in 8 practices. These practices included AAP members as well as Medicaid providers. During the collaborative, the percentage of asthma patients who had their asthma severity classified rose from a baseline of 48% to a 6-month average of 80%, while the number of patients for whom an Asthma Action Plan was created increased from 18% to an average of 57%.
The chapter continued its work with learning collaboratives in 2014, when 61 providers participated in an Adolescent Depression Screening Initiative. Again, the learning collaborative saw significant improvements, with the percentage of providers using an evidence-based tool for adolescent depression screening increasing from 2% to 50% during the collaborative. The use of a substance abuse screening tool grew from 18% to 58%.
Raising awareness: The chapter and its members have worked to increase awareness of the Bright Futures Guidelines. The chapter has worked with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to distribute information on oral health to families. Chapter members who teach nurse practitioners and physician assistants use the Bright Futures Pocket Guide and ages and stages forms as teaching tools.