SIM was an initiative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and provided financial and technical support to states for the development and testing of state-led, multi-payer health care payment and service delivery reforms. As the only non-profit, non-state agency in the country to lead the development of a SIM design grant, VCHI proved that public-private collaboration works. VCHI brought together hundreds of stakeholders from all regions and constituencies to develop solutions to come of our most complex health care challenges.
Led by VCU health and Dr. Tony Kuzel, Heart of Virginia Healthcare was one of seven cooperatives in the country funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's EvidenceNOW initiative. Over 220 Virginia primary care teams participated in this learning collaborative to improve quality, team function, patient satisfaction and clinician satisfaction. HVH was a physician-directed initiative produced by a partnership between four of Virginia’s schools of medicine, the Virginia Center for Health Innovation, Health Quality Innovators, George Mason University, and Community Health Solutions.
As part of the Virginia Health Value Dashboard, VCHI and its 50 partner organizations identified improving childhood and adolescent vaccination rates as a priority in addressing Aim 2 of the Value Dashboard: Increasing High Value Health Care. The Virginia Vaccinates collaborative members worked together to improve HPV vaccination rates. The collaborative members included 40+ pediatric and family medicine sites from Ballad Health, Carilion Clinic, and UVA Health System. During the six-month intervention that started in August 2019, all participating clinicians had access to educational tools and resources as well as on-demand webinars with expert faculty. To measure progress, participating practices reviewed reports from their own EHRs in partnership with their virtual coach.
Under the Virginia Vaccinates project, VCHI developed this webinar and supporting resource library to offer primary care clinicians strategies and tools to encourage patients to stay on schedule with their vaccinations and other preventive care. The Virginia Center for Health Innovation produced this webinar and curated resources for primary care clinicians and their care teams. The webinar was produced in partnership with the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians.
Healthy Minds, Healthy Children aimed to provide improved access to mental and behavioral health care for children and adolescents. Using The REACH Institute's Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care Mini-Fellowship, we provided valuable professional development training for community providers to increase their knowledge, comfort, and confidence in screening for and treating children with mental and behavioral health needs. Healthy Minds, Healthy Children was carried out in partnership with the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and was generously supported by the Potomac Health Foundation. This project helped provide a foundation for the work of the Virginia Mental Health Access Project.