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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)

One of the first projects overseen by ME CHIP was First STEPS Project. 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 was a collaborative effort of the Maine Child Health Improvement Partnership (ME CHIP) and was funded by a Federal CHIPRA grant called Improving Health Outcomes for Children (IHOC) in Maine and Vermont from 2011-2016. 


For 2017 QC for Kids is promoting the following child health goal:

Increase the percent of children who have received at least 4 fluoride applications by 4 yrs. old and increase the percent of well child visits with an oral evaluation and/or fluoride varnish for children 12 -47 months from 25% to 35% by the end of 2017.  QC is teaming up with From the First Tooth to provide technical assistance to practices to fast track the 2014 USPSTF Recommendation on fluoride varnish application.  Some studies suggest that it takes an average of 17 years for new evidence based-findings to reach clinical practice.  We want to work with practices and health systems to get this evidence based practice into clinical settings sooner, in order to improve public health and the quality of health care. 

If you practice needs assistance implementing the USPSTF guidelines, you can contact Julie Carvelli, Program Coordinator, From the First Tooth (207-662-6296 or JCarvelli@mainehealth.org).  Information is also available at www.fromthefirsttooth.org.



Collaborative ADHD Learning in Maine (CALM) Project  

Maine Quality Counts (QC) in collaboration with Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MAAP) are working  with practices to elevate the health of children by measurably improving the screening, diagnosis, and treatment for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with the CALM Project. This project is managed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported by an independent grant from Pfizer, Inc.

To achieve improved care for children with ADHD, this learning collaborative will focus on improving proper ADHD diagnosis and management, so that patients are assessed for ADHD using a validated instrument across multiple major settings; parents of patients diagnosed with ADHD are given an educational ADHD booklet; and patients diagnosed with ADHD are prescribed behavior therapy and/or parenting guidance.

Through this learning collaborative, practices will have access to the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) parenting model at the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center as well as Lives in the Balance tools developed by Dr. Ross Greene. 



Children's Heath Webinar Series

We routinely offer webinars around quality improvement of child health issues. These webinars are now a part of the Maine Quality Counts Lunch & Learn series, and are held on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. CME credit is available.

Upcoming Child Health Webinars:  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018: FTFT, "Healthy Smiles 2020 Challenge-Going the Extra Smile," with Dr. Jennifer Dubail, Eiren Menhennitt, and Laura Robbins REGISTER NOW

Tuesday, March 13, 2018"Snuggle ME Guidelines, What's New?" with Kelley Bowden REGISTER NOW

Tuesday, June 12, 2018"Integrated Care for Pregnant & Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorders" with Daisy Goodman - REGISTER NOW


QC for Kids Contact Information:

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

Kayla Cole, Project Manager- QC for Kids
 (207) 620-8526 x1027

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

QC for Kids direct e-mail: qcforkids@mainequalitycounts.org

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

Mailing Address:  PO BOX 16, Manchester, ME 04351

Physical Address:  16 Association Drive, Manchester, ME 04351