Help Me Grow is a partnership between the Department for Public Health and the KY AAP. The Help Me Grow statewide helpline service is based on the National Help Me Grow model that has been implemented in 23 states. The program is now available, FREE of charge, to all pediatric practices in the Commonwealth.
Help Me Grow – PLUS MOC is currently a pilot project with a limited number of pediatric practice participants. Complete roll out of the HMG MOC project will take place in the Fall of 2016, offering 25 ABP Part IV credits and 13 CME credits.
What is the difference between Help Me Grow and Help Me Grow PLUS MOC?
Help Me Grow PLUS MOC includes most of the components outlined in the Help Me Grow program. However, in order to receive MOC and CME credits, there are additional requirements.
Through a new partnership between the Kentucky Chapter of the AAP, the Kosair Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Task Force and the UofL Department of Pediatrics, the KY AAP and its child abuse and neglect leaders are now offering access to materials, training and support to any physician office, clinic or hospital interested in becoming a No Hit Zone.
We invite you to learn more about what it means to be a No Hit Zone, a program originally created by Lolita McDavid, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, in 2005 and implemented at Kosair Children’s Hospital in October 2012. Put simply, a No Hit Zone is an environment in which “no adult shall hit another adult, no adult shall hit a child, no child shall hit an adult and no child shall hit another child.”
Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children.Walt Disney
The KY AAP recently participated in an AAP grant funded project seeking to increase the reliable implementation of the NHLBI EPR-3 Asthma Guidelines in pediatric practices by providing access to Quality Improvement expertise and access to on demand data reporting using a population management based registry. Cross learning activities included face to face learning sessions; webinars and collaborative conference calls provide support and reinforcement of the project goals and activities. In addition, participating chapters nationally and practices receive quality improvement coaching from experienced QI professionals throughout all phases of the project. The Ohio, Alabama, Arizona and Arkansas and chapters most recently participated in this year-long learning collaborative and collected data from nearly 9000 patient encounters and 18,796 patient records. The Kentucky Chapter will participate in phase four of this project beginning November of 2014.
During the fourth phase of the collaborative, patient visits with “optimal asthma care” (a bundled measure that includes use of a standardized method to measure asthma control, a stepwise approach to treatment, provision of an asthma action plan, and provision or recommendation of a flu shot) increased from 44% to 82% during the project. All participating practices successfully uploaded their asthma populations to a registry to facilitate planning and analysis for key improvement activities such as the administration of flu shots. Participating physicians were also eligible to receive ABP Part 4 Maintenance of Certification.
HPV vaccination coverage in the US has stagnated, well below other adolescent vaccines. The AAP and CDC have partnered to offer AAP chapters the ability to promote the importance of HPV vaccination with members. Funding for the recent activities was provided by the AAP, through a cooperative agreement with the CDC. Through the partnership, the Kentucky has worked to promote vaccine education as well as quality improvement practice projects.