Quality Programs

Advancing health center clinical quality and performance is a core component of AACHC’s role as the state Primary Care Association. AACHC convenes a Quality Improvement Peer Networking Committee (QIC) monthly to promote quality improvement (QI) best practices and discuss methods for effective integration of QI initiatives into health centers.  AACHC’s QI work is supported by a variety of partnerships, including:

  • Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)
    • AACHC receives funding through the ADHS Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease under a five-year CDC grant focused on diabetes, heart disease, and stroke prevention. We are currently working with the American Heart Association and four health centers on improving blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes measures and will partner with additional health centers in subsequent years. Click here to view the results from last year’s project.
    • AACHC also receives funding through the ADHS Cancer Prevention and Control Program to support the dissemination of evidenced-based quality improvement strategies to increase cancer screening rates. This funding also supports AACHC’s participation in the Arizona Cancer Coalition and the Early Detection and Prevention Work Group.
  • American Cancer Society: AACHC partners with the American Cancer Society on a variety of initiatives to provide resources and education to our members.
  • National Association of Community Health Centers: AACHC is currently receiving funding from NACHC to support one of our health center’s participation in the COMMIT! project, a project focused on increasing the implementation of an evidence-based childhood weight management program in health centers, and to spread lessons learned to other health centers through coaching, educational sessions and learning labs.
  • Collaborative Ventures Network and Healthy Communities Collaborative Network: AACHC continues to work closely with CVN and HCCN to optimize use of the Azara DRVS reporting tool so health centers have consistent and up-to-date access to their screening rates, quality measures and gaps in patient care.

For more information about our Quality Programs, please contact Kate Luna at katel@aachc.org.