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Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership (ME CHIP) Advisory Group

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. Quality Counts for Kids coordinates the ME CHIP Advisory Group. ME CHIP is part of the National Improvement Partnership Network  (NIPN)


Developmental Systems Integration (DSI)

The Maine Developmental Systems Integration (DSI) initiative focuses on systems integration to assure the health and developmental needs of infants and young children are identified early. Quality Counts for Kids is working on the DSI initiative with several statewide partners and the State Agencies Interdepartmental Early Learning and Development Team (SAIEL).  Since starting the DSI work and partnering with the state CHIPRA grant, Improving Health Outcomes for Children and First STEPS project, the rates of developmental screening for children birth to age three from 2011 MaineCare baseline data from 1-3% to over 21-28%, surpassing target of 20%.  

Since 2013, the Developmental Systems Integration (DSI) Steering Committee has worked to develop a strategy and plan to coordinate efforts and share results among different organizations, working toward the goals of reducing duplicate screening, ensuring that children who require further evaluation and services receive appropriate and timely follow-up care, and completing the communication loop to make sure screening and evaluation results are communicated back to child health care providers and referring organizations working with children and their families. Many of the organizations that serve children ages birth to three in Maine, including Maine Families, Public Health Nursing, Early Head Start, child health care providers, and Child Development Services, participate in developmental surveillance and screening. 

In 2015, the DSI work focused on the Developmental Screening Community Initiatives in the Bangor, Waterville and Mid-Coast regions as a way to test the coordination of efforts to improve developmental screening protocols and practices between medical practices, Early Head Start, Maine Families Home Visiting, Public/Community Health Nursing and Child Development Services. Work in 2016 is focusing on exploring a model of enhancing community linkages to ensure that children are connected to services early after being screened.  In 2015, Maine became  a Help ME Grow (HMG) Affiliate state to after September 2015 technical assistance site visit.  DSI has convened four sub groups to explore HMG in Spring 2016 with approx. 10 participants each: Child Health Care Provider Outreach, Community & Family Engagement, Centralized Access Point and Data Collection and Analysis. 16 meetings held with over 320 hours of time from participants.  We have recommended 15 key points for consideration of  HMG state implementation in August final report.


Jumpstarting The Conversation on Children's Heath Webinar Series

This year, we are delighted to offer a new webinar series, "Jumpstarting the Conversation on Children's Health: What we Have Learned Over the Past Five Years, Where do We go Next for Children's Health Care Quality, and How do We Move it Forward." Webinars are held the second Thursday of each month, from 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm and CME credit is available.

The agenda for the series can be found by clicking Here

Our next webinar is scheduled on March 9, 2017: "Where are we going next for screening? Developmental,  Social Emotional Screening, and Trauma Screening Pilots Happening in the State" with Sue Mackey Andrews, Maine Resilience Building Network, Steve DiGiovanni, MD, Rebecca Hoffman Frances, LMFT, Maine Behavioral Healthcare.

You can register for the Zoom webinar by clicking on this link. You can also join the meeting by phone at: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll), with the following meeting ID: 230 884 300

February 9, 2017Are We Using the Right Words? How we Can Use Health Literacy Principles to Engage Patients and Families, presented by Andrea Green, Director of the Pediatric New American Clinic and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital Pediatric Primary Care Practice.  You can see the full presentation on YouTube. If you wish to just listen, you can do that by clicking here.

January 12, 2017: "How Can We Apply Lessons Learned increasing Toddler Rates to Improving Adolescent Rates?" with Anny Fenton and Jon Fanburg, MD. You can view the full webinar on YouTube, or listen to a podcast. Feel free to share the presentation with colleagues.

December 8, 2016: "How Can We Engage More Effectively with Adolescents in Primary Care? Implementing "Reaching Teens" in the Primary Care Setting" presented by Ken Ginsburg MD, and author of "Reaching Teens." Please feel free to share the recording of the presentation, along with the slide presentation.

November 10, 2016: ”How Can We Create Friendly Office Spaces for Adolescents and Children with Special Health Care Needs" with Barb Frankowski, MD, MPH of The University of Vermont and Nancy Cronin of the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council. A complete recording of the webinar can be found HERE. Slides can be found HERE

October 13, 2016: ”What are New Resources for Primary Care Providers on Developmental Screening and What Have We Learned about Screening over the Last Five Years? Understanding the New Survey of Well-Being of Young Children (SWYC) tool, Billing Codes, and Community Resources" with Amy Belisle, MD, Maine Quality Counts,  Steve DiGiovanni, MD, Maine Medical Center Pediatric Clinic

 Webinar complete recording can be found HERE and the slides can be found HERE


First STEPS (Strengthening Together Early Preventive Services) was a quality improvement initiative focusing on improving children's health care and improving preventive health screenings. First STEPS is a collaborative effort of the Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership (ME CHIP) and is funded by a Federal CHIPRA grant called Improving Health Outcomes for Children (IHOC) in Maine and Vermont from 2011-2016


New England Genetics Collaborative Webinar Series 

The New England Genetics Collaborative (NEGC) is leading a Tri-State webinar series (It's All about the Teamwork:  Incorporating Genetics & Family History into the Work of the Patient Centered Medical Home) with the child health improvement partnerships in Maine (ME CHIP), New Hampshire (NHPIP) and Vermont (VCHIP) to highlight how a team approach to caring for children with genetic and complex conditions within the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) will improve collaboration, coordination, and satisfaction for families and providers.   

View webinars & YouTube presentations


Raising HPV Rates Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Opportunity

Maine Quality Counts is working on a national project to raise teen vaccine rates with District 1 AAP Chapter and the Maine Chapter of the AAP (MAAP).  There are spots for FIVE practices in our state to take part in the initiative to improve HPV vaccination coverage rates among patients served by our chapters. This quality improvement (QI) project, funded under a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the AAP. This project will also offer practice staff the opportunity to work with a standardized patient to help with teaching improved communication messages to patients around the HPV vaccine.   We hope that you and your colleagues will consider participating in this project to improve HPV immunization coverage rates in primary care settings. MOC credit is available  and there will be a stipend for each participating practice. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dee Kerry, Executive Director, Maine AAP, at dakerry@aap.net or call 207-480-4185 by February 15, 2017.  More information and timeline

Resources for Providers

Please contact Amy Belisle (ABelisle@mainequalitycounts.org) for more information.

Snuggle ME

In Maine, the number of infants treated for prenatal drug exposure has risen dramatically from 165 to over 1013 infants a year from 2005 to 2015. In response to this growing crisis, the Family Health Division of the Maine CDC and the Maine Chapter of the AAP partnered to create the Snuggle ME project. Snuggle ME webinars feature presentations by national and state experts on how to identify the substance exposed pregnancy/newborn and optimize care and coordination for women and children affected by substance use in pregnancy. 


QC for Kids Contact Information:

Amy Belisle, MD, Medical Director  - QC for Kids/IHOC
(207) 620-8526 x1017

Jackie Tiner, Administrative Coordinator - QC for Kids
(207) 620-8526 x1036

Sue Butts-Dion, QI Specialist - QC for Kids/IHOC -

Fax:  (207) 620-8538  ATTN: Jackie Tiner

Mailing Address:  PO BOX 16, Manchester, ME 04351

Physical Address:  16 Association Drive, Manchester, ME 04351