Improving Health Outcomes for Children (IHOC)

Under the IHOC initiative supported by a CHIPRA demonstration grant from Feb. 2010 - Feb. 2015, MaineCare has contracted with Maine Quality Counts. QC will provide quality improvement support to improve health care for children. QC's infrastructure will support the development of a Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership, and develop a sustainable system of quality improvement (QI) support for health care providers in the state. Click here for more information.


Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership (ME CHIP)

The mission of ME CHIP is to initiate and support measurement-based efforts to enhance child health care by fostering public/private partnerships. Our vision is that all practices providing health care to children will have the skills, support, and opportunities for collaborative learning needed to deliver high quality health care. The ME CHIP Advisory Group meets the 2nd Friday of every other month, alternating from 1-2 by phone and 12-2 in person at Quality Counts in Manchester. The ME CHIP Advisory Group provides guidance on the First STEPS Project, the Developmental Systems Integration Project (DSI), and other QC for Kids initiatives. ME CHIP also provides recommendations on child health care metrics to the Pathways to Excellence Physician Steering Committee with the Maine Health Management Coalition. 

ME CHIP is part of the National Improvement Partnership (NIPN). Click here for more information on MECHIP and NIPN.


  First STEPS Monthly Webinars

As part of First STEPS, we will be doing monthly webinars to support practices and community partners as they implement developmental and autism screening. The webinar series can be viewed on the QC for Kids webpage.

  Final First STEPS “Harvest” Meeting

We look forward to seeing all of the First STEPS practice teams at the Wrap up Conference for all 3 First STEPS Phases - Thursday, September 11, 2014, from 8 am - 4 pm in Freeport. We will focus on sustainability, the future of child health quality improvement, building practice leadership and how First STEPS work affected the delivery of well care in the practice. Dr. Paul Miles, the past President of the American Board of Pediatrics and Senior Quality Advisor, will be our keynote speaker.

Registration link


  Developmental Systems Integration Project (DSI)

Quality Counts for Kids is working with the State Agencies Interdepartmental Early Learning and Development Team, an entity created by the Maine Department of Education and Health and Human Services commissioners, on the Developmental Systems Integration Project. DSI aims to improve the rates of developmental services children receive from age birth to three, to ensure that interventions for help happen early. DSI involves partners from the medical community, Early Head Start, Public Health Nursing, Maine Families and Child Development Services who are striving to increase developmental screening rates for Maine’s youngest children. Identifying needs before the age of 3 optimizes growth, development and learning.  DSI page.


Snuggle ME Webinars

We are having a community conversation on how to improve care and coordination for infants and families affected by perinatal substance use. Webinars are held on the 2nd Wed of each month from 12-1 through this summer. Register for the Snuggle ME Webinars.  


Provider Resources

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!  Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive web site. 
Directions for Practices on how to print Child Health Immunization Quality Metrics from ImmPact. Click here.
AAP Bright Futures 2014 Periodicity Schedule Released 02/24/2014.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Dartmouth Atlas Report. 
Time to Act Investing in Children and Communities- Executive Summary
Time to Act Investing in Health of our Children and Communities  Full Report 
The Dartmouth Atlas of Children's Health Care in Northern New England
Anthem Webinar Series on the Behavioral Health Needs of the Pediatric Patient Population link

  Quality Counts For Kids Staff

Amy Belisle, MD, Director of Child Health Quality Improvement
abelisle@mainequalitycounts.org | Phone/Fax: (207) 847-3582  

Sue Butts-Dion, First STEPS Program Manager, Quality Specialist
sbutts@maine.rr.com | Phone: (207) 283-1560  

Deb Gilbert, QC for Kids Administrative Coordinator
dgilbert@mainequalitycounts.org | Phone: (207) 620-8526 ext. 1017 | Fax: (207) 620-8538

Nan Simpson, MSW, Program Manager, Developmental Systems Integration (DSI-SAIEL)
nsimpson@mainequalitycounts.org | Phone: (207) 441-3722