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Putting the A back in MCH: How a Multi-Disciplinary Learning Collaborative Sought to Increase the Capacity of State Title V Programs to Improve Preventive Services for Adolescents and Young Adults

APHA 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo

AYAH CoIIN_APHA 2019 Conference.pdf

Traditionally, approaches to quality improvement in healthcare have been utilized in more clinical settings in which rapid cycle testing can be implemented and evaluated within short time frames. But how do these concepts translate when seeking to improve care on a more population-focused aim? And how can the public health workforce adapt and respond with this approach when it comes to adolescents? In 2015, state Maternal and Child Health programs were charged to prioritize annual preventive visits for adolescents (and by extension, young adults) through National Performance Measure #10: the percent of adolescent (ages 12-17) with a past-year preventive visit. That same year, the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center launched a learning collaborative to aid state public health partners to build their capacity to improve access, utilization, and also the quality of preventive visits for young people. After 3 years and 2 cohorts of state multi-disciplinary teams, several key lessons were learned on how to apply concepts of Q.I. to systems-level partnerships and strategies for population health aims. Several technical assistance and training products were also generated to extend the learnings to other states, including an e-learning module for public health practitioners on “change concepts” for preventive services and a toolkit that uses creative arts to bring life to static public health data. The session will also share how the increased capacity and skillset of state MCH programs to apply Q.I. can equip them to address other pressing challenges for adolescents, including depression and other behavioral health issues.

Investing in Today's Youth Trailblazers and MCH Leaders of Tomorrow: Lessons Learned and Resources Developed Through Virtual Community of Practice

2019 CityMatCH Maternal and Child Health Leadership Conference

MCH Youth Engagement CoP and Toolkit_CityMatCH 2019.pdf

In 2015, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs launched a virtual Community of Practice (CoP) focused on improving the capacity of MCH professionals and advocates to increase youth engagement in Title V programming. The CoP was created in response to the identified needs of the association’s members, including MCH directors, adolescent health coordinators, and other program managers in public health initiatives that deal with youth. (Data from member assessments, environmental scans of MCH programs, and annual conference evaluations). The CoP convened virtually, to allow MCH professionals from over 20 states to contribute content for learning and capacity building. A key deliverable of this community of practice surfaced: the development of a best practices toolkit, focused on strategies that MCH professionals can utilize to increase youth engagement in their initiatives, programming, and framework.  In late 2018, AMCHP released this culminating product: an online learning module titled “Best Practices for Youth Engagement: A Resource for Title V/Maternal and Child Health Programs.” The module houses an inventory of promising and best practices for youth engagement in MCH programs, derived from the CoP experience.

Materials from the AMCHP 2017 session "Fostering Innovation and Collaboration Through Title V to Advance Adolescent and Young Adult Health":