Seeking Pediatricians in FQHC, Family Med and IM/Peds Locations

New QI Project Designed for You Enrolling Now!

The Ohio AAP is seeking pediatricians working in settings where both mothers and children receive care, including IM peds, FQHC, and family medicine practices to participate in the new Care2 quality improvement (QI) project.

Participants in the 12-month Care2 QI project will receive:

  • A $3,000 stipend to support data collection
  • Sleep sacks and board books to use for free with your patients – $2,000 value
  • Assistance to utilize EHR data to produce site-specific data accessed on a digital dashboard
  • Printed materials to improve discussions of maternal health in your practice
  • Support from a dedicated Quality Improvement Practice Coach
  • Connections to share challenges and success with peers across Ohio
  • Provider MOC Part IV credit upon completion of QI activities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported a 40% increase in the maternal mortality rate for 2021 compared with 2020; this represents 344 additional deaths. The United States was already the highest maternal mortality rate among high-income countries.

However, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published on how interventions in pediatric visits could be used to improve maternal health. Per JAMA, “contact with the birthing parent–infant dyad presents our health care system with an opportunity to address the US maternal mortality crisis and its inequities.” Finding ways to improve the health of parents during the well-child visit is one approach to operationalize this opportunity.

Care2 focuses on engaging families to prevent infant mortality by using a two generational health approach. Using lessons learned in research and other QI projects, this new MOC Part IV opportunity will provide resources and education to improve screening and discussion on four key topics for families from birth to five years of age:

  • Safe sleep
  •  Tobacco and vaping exposure
  • Birth spacing and nutrition
  • Maternal depression

Register now to secure your involvement before the kick-off training in August. Participants will be engaged in the project through August 2024.

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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