Quality Counts for Kids Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership

The Quality Counts for Kids program learning initiatives are offering an exciting and promising approach to improving preventive services for children in Maine to promote the consistent delivery of child health care services, an essential first step to building a healthy future for Maine.

Quality Counts for Kids Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership

The Quality Counts for Kids program learning initiatives are offering an exciting and promising approach to improving preventive services for children in Maine to promote the consistent delivery of child health care services, an essential first step to building a healthy future for Maine.

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 to provide quality improvement support to improve health care for children and to use the QC infrastructure to support the development of a Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership and to 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 optimize the health of Maine Children by initiating and supporting 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, 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 2014

  First STEPS Regional Training

Maine Quality Counts (QC) will be offering Developmental Screening Regional Training sessions for primary care practices to improve developmental and autism screening in conjunction with the PCMH/Health Homes Regional Forums in the spring of 2014.  QC is leading this effort within the Improving Outcome for Children (IHOC) Program led by MaineCare, as part of the “First STEPS” (Strengthening Together Early Preventive Services) Learning Initiative, a comprehensive effort to provide outreach, education, and quality improvement support to primary care practices to improve rates of Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) services.

To learn more CLICK HERE. 30 practices have signed up to participate in the three upcoming Developmental Screening Regional Training sessions from 11:30 am-4:30 pm just before the upcoming PCMH/HH Regional Forums at:

     Portland:  Tues, March 4th -  Abromson Community Education Center, USM, Rooms 214-215

                          Augusta: Tues, March 18th, The Senator Inn, State/Embassy Rooms

                          Orono: Tues, April 8th, Wells Conference Center, UMO, Room 2

  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.

  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 a project aimed to improve the rates of developmental services children receive ages birth to three to ensure that interventions for help happen early. The project, called the Developmental Systems Integration Project, 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 to identify needs before the age of 3 to optimize 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.   They are 2nd Wed of the month from 12-1 through this summer. Register for the Snuggle ME Webinars.  

Provider Resources

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! A federally coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families, and the providers who care for them. The Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! aims are to celebrate the milestones of children, promote universal screening,identify delays and concerns early and to enhance developmental supports. Support for these aims include a compendium of research-based screening tools, user guides for multiple audiences (e.g., medical practices, early care and education providers, home visitors, behavioral health professionals), and an electronic package of resources for follow-up and support. For access to these resources, visit the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive web site. 

   Directions for Practices on how to print Child Health Immunization Quality Metrics from ImmPact. Click here.

  New AAP Bright Futures 2014 Periodicity Schedule Released 02/24/2014.

National Reports on Child Health:  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from the "Commission to Build a Healthier America" 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


AAP Webinar Series on Fostering Partnerships and Teamwork in the Pediatric Medical Home

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is hosting a free 3-part webinar series that will provide engaging "how to" presentations focused on several important facets of pediatric care delivery.  


  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