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 Wisconsin - Using Data and Quality Improvement to Advance Health Equity


April 16-17, 2019 | Madison, WI

The 2019 SPHARC Peer-to-Peer Exchange took place in Madison, WI and was hosted by the Waisman Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peer-to-Peer 2019 aimed to increase knowledge about and resources for using data and quality improvement (QI) to advance health equity through a variety of learning activities. Participants learned how they can utilize existing data in autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD) and generated new ideas for the inclusion of individuals with ASD/DD and their families that are impacted by inequities to discover and prioritize disparities.

The Wisconsin Act Early State Team discussed their current efforts focusing on disparities through the Wisconsin Care Integration Initiative (WiCII) and three regional Engaged Community Quality Improvement (ECQuIP) sites in the state. The State Team now has over 50 members representing 38 organizations, including state agencies, programs representing and supporting parents and individuals with disabilities, community and health services, professional associations, and higher education and research. During the meeting, participants also learned about the rich QI and data collection methods that can be used and applied in work with ASD/DD and health equity.

Representatives from 9 states participated in the two-day meeting, including: Delaware, Georgia, Maryland (virtual participation), Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin and the following themes were incorporated throughout all of the activities: cultural considerations and language access, social justice, engaging people most impacted by inequity, and child/family-centered care. Small group breakout sessions allowed participants the opportunity to learn more about what other states are doing around ASD/DD related to using data, engaging communities, and QI. 

A final highlight of the 2019 Peer-to-Peer was the graphic facilitation of the event by Brittany Curry of InkyBrittany. This added another level of engagement for participants as she listened, recorded, and captured the activities and content discussed on large pieces of paper (see pictures below) throughout the entire meeting and shared with attendees what she heard in terms of major take-aways of key activities and topics.

Presentations and Resources 

State Poster Presentations

During the 2019 Peer-to-Peer Exchange, all participating states completed and shared a poster presentation about QI methods, using state data, and engaging communities. Each state chose one of those three topics on which to focus most. See what the states shared below.

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Peer-to-Peer participants participate in the "gallery walk" as they look at the State Poster Presentations.

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Graphic facilitator Brittany Curry of InkyBrittany engaged with participants throughout the meeting.

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A small glimpse of what the final product of InkyBrittany's graphic facilitation looked like!



Our wonderful panel on engaging people most impacted by inequity.

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Graphic facilitator Brittany Curry explains some of her process to a participant.

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Graphic facilitator Brittany Curry also worked in small groups with state teams.