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Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health QI Collaborative

State/Jurisdiction: Illinois
Setting: Clinical Community
Population: Women & Maternal
Topic Area: Equity & Anti-Racism

AllianceChicago developed the CCMH Quality Improvement Collaborative as a practice within the overall CCMH initiative, and engaged thirteen ambulatory care partners, including FQHCs and hospital clinics, to inform and implement quality improvement initiatives for their patient populations. The quality improvement initiative was designed and carried out by federally qualified health centers and community health centers that were at the table from the beginning, informing our work and helping us identify the intervention to test. The QI Collaborative model was informed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) “Collaborative Model for Achieving Breakthrough Improvement.” Several FQHC and ambulatory care partners were engaged throughout the process as part of the Quality Improvement Subcommittee, and some members of the committee participated in a workgroup for the development of the initiative and intervention to test. Following a capacity assessment in which the postpartum period was identified as an area for improvement to address, the health centers decided to test a population health intervention connecting high-risk prenatal patients with primary care/medical home following delivery and routine prenatal care. Each health center that implemented selected high-risk criteria reflective of their high-risk patient populations and adapted existing workflows to support this intervention in each individual health care environment.

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