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Virginia MIECHV Implements Continuous Quality Improvement

Feb 9, 2016

Virginia's Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is administered by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), which has provided home visiting services for 18 organizations in 25 localities.

VDH utilizes three different home visiting models: Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), Parents as Teachers (PAT) and Healthy Families America. The Virginia MIECHV program implemented a two-part Continuous Quality Improvement plan in April 2013. Part A is a Learning Collaborative approach based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Breakthrough Series. The first topic for quality improvement will be Family Enrollment and Engagement. The CQI follows a Plan - Do - Study - Act (PDSA) Cycle where local teams use the plan to implement improvements. Virginia MIECHV staff complete and submit an assessment that measures their knowledge, attitudes and practices surrounding CQI and Family Enrollment and Engagement. The results of the self-assessment guide the content and support provided by the Learning Collaborative ‘faculty’. Part B of Virginia’s CQI plan is to use techniques outlined in the Model for Improvement to pursue and achieve quality improvement.

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