Since 2008, the Cross Part Collaborative (CPC) has supported quality improvement among HIV providers funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. In 2016, the CHPC Quality and Performance Measures team took on the role of the CPC.
Ryan White is a federal program that provides services to those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources to cope with HIV. Through different Ryan White Parts, the program works with cities, states and community-based organizations to provide services. Each Ryan White Part supports quality improvement. The CPC addresses challenges that cut across all Ryan White Parts.
The CPC uses the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) approach to improve quality. The PDSA cycle is a simple and powerful tool for accelerating quality improvement — by planning a change, trying it, observing the results, and acting on lessons learned. Based on the results, further changes may quickly be made to improve service quality.
In 2016, the CPC learned about quality improvement and PDSAs, reviewed statewide Ryan White data, and selected measures needing improvement: the percentage of people screened for syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. A recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that sexually transmitted infections (STI) remain at an unprecedented high rate, but only 47% of Ryan White patients in Connecticut were tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia in 2015.
In 2017, the CPC reviewed PDSAs that Ryan White providers have conducted to improve STI screenings. The CPC invited Stamford CARES and Community Health Services to present their successful models at a webinar for Ryan White providers on June 15, 2017. By sharing promising practices, the CPC can help all providers improve their STI screenings.
The Figure to the right is from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit (2nd edition).
Below are downloadable presentations from CPC webinars and additional quality improvement resources from the National Quality Center.
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