What Is a Pediatric Improvement Partnership?


A Pediatric Improvement Partnership is a durable state or regional collaboration of public and private partners that uses the science of quality improvement and a systems approach to improve health care infrastructure and practice. Such partnerships formally exist in states including Alabama, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, DC.

Who is involved in a Pediatric Improvement Partnership?


Pediatric Improvement Partnerships bring together key players from across the health care system who can effect desired changes. This includes partners and representatives from state Medicaid, public health, professional organizations, academic institutions, children’s hospitals, healthcare delivery institutions, policymakers, and insurers.

What do Pediatric Improvement Partnerships do?


Partnerships serve as both a coordinating body and an action arm to build infrastructure and provider capacity for improved child health, measure performance, develop and disseminate best practice, and improve policy to support best practice. Partnerships serve as convener at the state and local levels.

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Our Partnership


The King County Child Health Improvement Partnership (K-CHIP) is led by the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s, and Public Health – Seattle & King County, with funding from the Best Starts for Kids initiative. K-CHIP is modeled on the framework developed by the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN), a network of over 20 states that have developed Improvement Partnerships to advance quality and transform healthcare for children and their families.