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Session 5: Quality Improvement in MCH Nutrition Training

This session includes an overview of the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) and provides an opportunity to prepare a QI plan and logic model for MCH training based on the knowledge and skills learned in the previous four sessions.

Review:  The following materials summarize the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN), MCHB’s quality improvement initiative to decrease infant mortality across the nation. The CoIIN model is now being adopted more broadly among providers serving the MCH populations to address other quality improvement and innovation needs.

  Review and answer the following questions to check your learning.
  • Explain the difference between a CoIIN and CoIN.
  • What made the infant mortality CoIIN innovative and effective?
  • List at least two other concepts or topic areas where you think a CoIIN would be beneficial in approaching a situation or problem.  Why did you choose those concepts or topic areas?

The development of a quality improvement (QI) plan and logic model is to be completed at the learner’s desired pace, but prior to engagement in the active learning section.

Review: NACCHO Toolkit Sample QI Improvement Plan
Worksheet developed by MarMason Consulting as part of the NACCHO QI toolkit

Complete: Quality Improvement Plan MCH Training Worksheet

Complete :NACCHO Logic_Model_Worksheet
Worksheet developed by the Dayton & Montgomery County Health Department as part of the NACCHO QI toolkit

ACTIVE LEARNING: The preparation section focused on you and group participants preparing a QI plan and logic model for MCH Training. The following active learning section suggests questions and issues to promote application of information learned during the preparation section. Topic areas for active learning are each bulleted and shown in bolded font. Questions to ask are italicized.

  • QI Improvement Plan and Logic Model

Ask participants to share the QI project developed for this session.

What is the QI project you developed? What is the specific aim? How do we know the change is an improvement? What changes will result in an improvement? Who will be on the QI team for this proposed project?

What inputs, outputs, and outcomes are expected based on the proposed project?

  • Wrap-up

How will you include a QI strategy or tool in the development of your next project?

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T79MC09805, Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, $176,795, 50% funded by the University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.