“Quality improvement is not a project, it is an approach to how you do your work, and it is either continuous or not at all...we need to reestablish primary care as the foundation of American health care." - Ed Wagner
It’s a fact: the global burden of disease has shifted from infectious to chronic. The leading causes of death and disability around the world have changed from communicable diseases in children to non-communicable diseases in adults. Heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are on the rise in all regions except sub-Saharan Africa. If HIV/AIDS is considered a chronic infectious disease – as is increasingly the case – the tipping point becomes an avalanche.
On January 31st, we hosted the first annual MacColl Center Symposium in Seattle. Featuring guest speaker Craig Jones, MD, of the Vermont Blueprint for Health, the event brought a panel of national experts and a select group of participants together to explore ways that primary health extension programs may serve as a framework to support better care throughout our state.
A team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center recently conducted a quality improvement effort guided by the Chronic Care Model that is believed to be the first exclusively targeting teenagers. The initiative resulted in dramatically improved symptom control and outcomes.
The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation selected 19 outstanding individuals for participation in the year-long Emerging Leaders program. The Leaders were nominated from exemplary primary care practices across the US and represent a diversity of clinical roles including physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and quality improvement profressionals. Participants were selected based on their demonstrated commitment to quality and enthusiastic recommendations from their colleagues.