Check out these exciting updates from two of the AYAH CoIIN state teams!
Maryland is currently in the process of coordinating QI training with AYA medical providers at our clinical demonstration site. AYA medicine experts from the Johns Hopkins Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program will be conducting the training with staff at Dundalk Pediatrics, a busy pediatric clinical practice which serves many AYAs in Baltimore County Maryland. The QI training will focus on recognition of substance use disorders among AYA served by the practice, and on increasing the practice's capacity to provide intervention and treatment referrals for impacted patients. In addition, an Adolescent and Young Adult Roundtable discussion, which will be led by the Maryland AYAH CoIIN Young Adult State team members, is planned for the spring. The roundtable discussions will take place with several established Youth Councils in Baltimore and will focus on gaining insights from Adolescents and Young Adults about barriers to access as well as ways to improve quality and make health care more user-friendly.
New Jersey has just completed several focus groups with teens, learning about their understanding of well visits. This information will help to engage youth in our AYAH-CoIIN. Focus groups will continue as we enter our final phase of the project, working with a school-based federally qualified health center (FQHC) to improve both the rate of adolescent well visits (AWV) as well as the adolescent friendliness of the health center. The clinic, Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, will do a self-assessment of its school-based health center followed by five to 10 youth-driven clinic assessments. The FQHC will make some adjustments to its services and space based on the assessments and will hire a navigator to assist with scheduling and following-up on AWV appointments. The goal is to create a process that can improve the quality and rate of AWV in a school-based setting and be replicated with success