Quality Programs

Quality improvement is a strong focus of AACHC through the Quality Improvement Peer Networking Committee (QIC) which meets regularly to promote QI best practices and discuss methods for effective integration of QI initiatives into health centers.  Additionally, AACHC emphasizes the importance of continuous QI through a variety of initiatives and partnerships.  These include:

  • A continuous focus on diabetes management in the QIC based on HRSA’s 2018  updated areas of interest.
  • An Arizona Department of Health Services/CDC grant focusing on heart health through which AACHC is partnering with the American Heart Association and community health centers (CHC) (we are currently working with 4 and will partner with additional clinics in subsequent years).  The goal of this partnership is improving the health outcomes of health center patients who have hypertension and/or hypercholesterolemia by optimizing data, developing targeted QI initiatives and providing applicable training and technical assistance.
  • AACHC is also partnering with the American Cancer Society and 17 FQHCs on a Learning Collaborative that aims to improve colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates.  Collaborative participants convene on a regular basis to discuss QI tactics, share best practices and brainstorm how to overcome recurring barriers.  The second half of this Learning Collaborative will involve FQHCs conducting Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles based on the foundational work done so far.
  • AACHC continues to work closely with Collaborative Ventures Network and Healthy Communities Collaborative Network to optimize use of the Azara DRVS reporting tool so clinics have consistent and up-to-date access to their screening rates, quality measures and patient gaps in care.

For more information about our Quality Programs, please contact Lainie Plattner at lainiep@aachc.org