Achieve Healthy Behaviors in Patients Through Quality Improvement Coaching

The Ohio AAP offers different quality improvement (QI) programs that can assist you in improving patient health outcomes. This fall the Smoke Free for Me and Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime programs will be utilized practice coaching models to engage practices in quality improvement. A practice coaching or facilitation model of QI focuses on building organizational capacity for continuous improvement. Change is implemented through building capacity for organizational improvement toward meaningful changes for positive patient outcomes (AHRQ Report 2015). In joining a quality improvement program, you will receive in-office practice coaching from an Ohio AAP practice coach. This person will guide you through the QI process and ensure your team makes improvements for your patients. You will receive 25 points for your Maintenance of Certification IV points, and resources to assist your practice! Learn more about the two programs currently open for enrollment:

Smoke Free Families
What if someone told you there is a program out there that has been shown to mitigate factors related to infant mortality, that’s quick and easy and families consistently report appreciation for the program? Additionally, the program will assist your practice in utilizing skills and resources you gain from the program to impact all of the patients you serve.

The Ohio AAP, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Medicaid, is excited to launch Wave 3 of Smoke Free for Me. We have seen impressive results from Wave 1 and 2, including a 46% reduction in in-home smoke exposure for infants enrolled in the program. Participating providers receive a variety of tools and resources, in addition to practice coaching and support from Ohio AAP staff.

Tools and Resources Include:

  • Easy data collection tool that is scannable and requires NO data entry from you – You have more time to focus on patient care
  • Helpful talking points to support providers in having those difficult conversations with families about the dangers of smoke exposure
  • Great resources for all of your families about tobacco smoke exposure and vaping
  • Training and practice coaching support in implementing the 5As of smoking cessation in a pediatric setting
  • Training and practice coaching support in supporting and tracking behavior change
  • Networking opportunities with other healthcare providers interested in smoking cessation
  • 25 points of MOC IV credit

Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime
The Ohio Chapter Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime (PMP) Program helps pediatricians provide age and developmentally appropriate preventive care and anticipatory guidance for children during this critical window of development. The program offers resources for families on important feeding and play topics such as:  breastfeeding, sensory exploration, reduced-stressed feeding, satiety cues, and self – regulation. In addition to handouts for patients, Ohio AAP has videos, a mobile app, and other online resources that can help pediatricians share educational information with their patients. Practices this year will benefit from the assistance of a Practice Coach that will guide you through every step of the way, including data collection! This year, we will focus on how your patients are changing behaviors based on your guidance. More information is available at the Ohio AAP www.ohioaap.org/PMPApp. In addition to Ohio AAP resources and MOC IV points, you will receive $500 in PMP resources.

Visit the Ohio AAP website at www.ohioaap.org or contact us at 614-846-6258 for more information about these two exciting opportunities.


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