Publications Support Incorporating Dyad Care into Pediatrics – New Ohio AAP Project Provides $3,000 Stipend to Help Implement

Thinking of patients in the postpartum period as a mother-child dyad has been part of care in family medicine for years; however, ways to incorporate this into pediatric visits have continued to improve, leading to several new recommendations in recent publications. The Ohio State University is innovating dyad care through several clinics, including the Mom/Baby Dyad Clinic and embedded lactation services.

Lessons learned in these clinics have practical application in well-child care, including:

  1. Encourage mothers to develop a routine with their baby but allow for flexibility as baby’s needs change.
  2. Remind moms to practice self-care – allow others to help with the baby and take part in activities they enjoy.
  3. Eat nutritious foods and get exercise, which improve both physical energy levels and mental health.
  4. Talk with someone – find a spouse, family member or friend that allows for expressing emotions and can offer support.
  5. Refer mothers to see their own care provider for regular checkups and to address their health needs.

The Ohio AAP is further helping pediatricians implement dyad care through the new Care2 Project. Using lessons learned in research and other QI projects, the Ohio AAP is now expanding to include Care2 as a new MOC project for pediatricians working in settings where both mothers and children receive care, including IM peds, FQHC, and family medicine practices. Dr. Seuli Brill, director of the Mom-Baby Dyad Program at OSU, serves as a team member for the Care2 project, helping bring perspective and lessons learned to the project. Dr. Brill was also recently featured in MDedge Pediatrics sharing more on how the future of postnatal care can be positively impacted by dyad care.

The Care2 Project is beginning to engage providers now and will launch fully during summer 2023. Participants in the 12-month QI project will receive:

  • A $3,000 stipend to support data collection
  • No chart reviews! Utilize EHR data to produce site-specific and aggregate QI data accessed on a digital dashboard
  • Complimentary materials to improve discussion of maternal health in your practice
  • Support from a dedicated Quality Improvement Practice Coach
  • Learning collaborative to share challenges and success with peers across Ohio
  • Provider MOC Part IV credit upon completion of QI activities

To learn more about the Care2 project, please contact Hayley Southworth at hsouthworth@ohioaap.org, or visit: https://ohioaap.org/qi-programs-moc-iv/care2-two-generational-health

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