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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)

QC for Kids is promoting Two Child Health Goals for 2017:

Improve developmental screening rates to 40% by 2018.  Through our work on the First STEPS project,  Developmental Systems Integration (DSI) initiative, and Patient Centered Medical Home/SIM/Health Homes,  statewide rates of developmental screening for children birth to age three (from 2011 MaineCare baseline data for children ages 1, 2, and 3 have increased from 1-3% to over 21-28%, surpassing the initial target of 20%.  QC wants to work with primary care practices to continue to implement developmental screening across practice teams for children ages 0-3 years using a validated tool (PEDS, ASQ, or SWYC), and make sure that the screening is being documented and billed for correctly.  QC has trained over 120 practices on screening since 2012.  QC is funded to provide technical assistance to practices until September 2017. 

If your practice needs help with implementation, please contact QC Child Health Administrative Coordinator, Jackie Tiner (207-620-8526 x1036 or jtiner@mainequalitycounts.org) to set up a virtual or on-site visit.

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.



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. 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.  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. In 2015, Maine became  a Help ME Grow (HMG) Affiliate state and is doing planning work to understand the framework that would be required to implement HMG in the state.   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 the target of 20%. Currently the DSI work is funded through the Maine CDC through the Preventive Services Block Grant.


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:  

August 8, 2017:  Hugh Silk, "Addressing Oral Health in Pediatric Care – Good, Better, Best!" Sponsored by From the First Tooth.

You can register for the Zoom webinar by clicking on this link. You will receive a link once you register for this webinar.

August 22, 2017: Jessica Reed, "HPV-related Cancer Prevention in Maine" co-sponsored by Maine AHEC Network and the MaineHealth Child Health Program.

Register now by clicking on this link.


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 (For more information please click on the bar on the right of this page.)



QC for Kids Contact Information:

Amy Belisle, MD, Medical Director  - QC for Kids/IHOC
(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

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

Mailing Address:  PO BOX 16, Manchester, ME 04351

Physical Address:  16 Association Drive, Manchester, ME 04351