AAP District Hub & Spoke Initiative Focused on Improving HPV Vaccination Rates
Dear Pediatric Leader,
The Orange County Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-OC) would like to invite you to participate in the AAP District Hub and Spoke Initiative Focused on Improving HPV Vaccination Rates. The project is a quality improvement (QI) effort amongst 7-10 Orange County practices. The aim is to improve the initiation of the HPV series among patients 11 through 13 years in our Chapter.
Pediatricians participating in this QI project will earn 25 American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) part 4 credits upon successful completion of the project. The project will begin in January 2017 and run through September. MOC credits will be awarded in 2017.
In addition to MOC credit, participating pediatricians will receive educational resources, incentives for staff, and access to experts in infectious diseases and quality improvement. This project will also utilize the AAP’s Quality Improvement Data Aggregator (QIDA) as the project data collection tool and access will be provided free for all of the participants during the duration of the project.
Why join a learning collaborative?
Physicians who participate in improvement work are more likely to make and sustain positive changes when they are supported by their practice members and colleagues outside their practice. Practices participating in this project will be working in collaboration with other pediatricians and experts and will be sharing what they have learned via learning sessions and conference calls.
What are the benefits of participation?
Participation in this project provides many benefits to participating teams:
- Improved patient care and HPV initiation rates.
- Earn ABP MOC Part 4 credit.
- Improve the efficacy and efficiency of your office system and workflow.
- Network with other pediatricians engaged in QI work.
- Transform your practice to provide better care on a population basis.
What is expected of participating practices?
From January 2017 through September 2017, 7-10 practices from Orange County will participate in a learning collaborative designed to implement process improvements to increase HPV vaccination rates.
The project will consist of four PDSA (plan/do/study/act) action cycles. Each cycle will begin with a lunchtime learning session where the teams will discuss the previous cycle and will be introduced to a new improvement intervention. During these cycles, participating practices will have the opportunity to implement and measure their progress toward meeting improvement goals.
Participating practices will be responsible to:
- Attend and participate in all four lunchtime learning sessions.
- Participate in conference calls if needed.
- Implement each of the four interventions (one per cycle). The interventions will be simple and will involve small changes in the way the physician or practice will interact with patients needing an HPV vaccination.
- Complete data collection. We anticipate each practice will collect data on 20 patients for each cycle, as well as a baseline cycle of 20 patients. Each cycle will last 6 weeks. Data collection will be simple and will involve a short questionnaire about each of the 20 patient encounters.
If you are interested in participating or receiving more information about the AAP-OC’s HPV Quality Improvement project, please contact Jamie McDonald, the executive director of the AAP-OC, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 949-752-2787.
Thank you very much for your interest in this exciting new AAP chapter program.
Eric Ball, MD Jamie McDonald, MPH
Vice President, AAP-Orange County Executive Director, AAP-Orange County
HPV Project Physician Lead HPV Project Manager
HPV QI Project Leadership Team
Tami Alkosser, MD
Jennifer Johnson, MD
Nivedita More, MD
Harry Pellman, MD
Ashley Sandoval, MD
Jasjit Singh, MD