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Collaborative Improvement Networks National Meeting

Bridging the Gaps in Quality to Improve Child Health Outcomes

Collaborative improvement networks are multi-site practice-based clinical networks that allow teams to learn from one another, effectively test and implement changes, use data to understand what works in practice, and improve care and outcomes. Networks are especially important in pediatric health care where no one center or group of physicians has a large enough sample of children to learn if what they are doing works.

The Objectives of the meeting, held Nov. 10-11, 2011, include:

  • Highlight the evidence, attributes and values of successful collaborative improvement networks
  • Realize the opportunity that collaborative improvement networks offer for individual physicians and practices to assess and improve quality of care
  • Understand key elements in developing and sustaining collaborative improvement networks, including the infrastructure needed
  • Explore ways and develop action steps to promote the development and spread of collaborative improvement networks



  • The American Board of Pediatrics Foundation
  • The James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (including its pediatric Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
  • The National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI)