Healthy Start programs work to enhance their services and increase their impact on participant health outcomes by systematically monitoring their performance, and engaging in quality improvement efforts informed by participant-level, program-level and community-level data.
Consult the data dictionary for exact definitions and measurement of each benchmark.
Benchmark: CoIIN Implementation
Increase the proportion of Level 3 HS grantees that have a fully implemented CoIIN process to 90%.
The Healthy Start CoIIN is a partnership of HS grantees dedicated to strengthening Healthy Start services and systems, to advance program goals of reducing infant mortality and improving birth outcomes. The HS CoIIN seeks to promote implementation of standardized evidence-based and field-tested approaches to essential HS components such as risk assessment, case management, and participant engagement.
Featured Resource: HS CoIIN
The Healthy Start CoIIN is a partnership of HS grantees dedicated to strengthening Healthy Start services and systems, to advance program goals of reducing infant mortality and improving birth outcomes.
Benchmark: Quality Improvement/Evaluation
Increase the proportion of HS grantees who establish a quality improvement and performance monitoring process to 100%.
Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of targeted populations. Quality improvement and performance monitoring processes provide a mechanism for assessing the degree to which program goals are met and the effectiveness of corrective actions to ensure the best health outcomes for participants.
Featured Resource: Evidence-Based Practice
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognizes the need for a toolkit of objective educational tools and resources to assist an organization in its quality improvement (QI) efforts. The HRSA Quality Toolkit is equipped with proven strategies and techniques to effectively support an organization’s new or existing QI program. The toolkit’s wide range of practical, convenient, and useful tools were contributed and compiled from several HRSA organizations, where members have proven their usefulness in current QI health care delivery initiatives. The tools and resources were used for implementing data collection and performance measurement techniques, and the organizations that integrated their use into QI programs effectively improved their deliveries of care. These resources are adaptable and may be used to facilitate the implementation of a new QI program or fine tune an existing one.
The HRSA Quality Toolkit:
- Highlights the importance of staff involvement and provides guidance on actively involving staff in a QI program.
- Describes various systematic approaches to QI for multidisciplinary teams.
- Provides practical and actionable strategies to improve care outcomes in various settings and within diverse constraints.
- Helps an organization to develop an effective plan for collecting and analyzing data.
- Explains the importance of integrating evidence-based medicine within a QI program.
- Demonstrates the correlation between cultural competency and quality health care delivery.
- Describes clinical quality measures and their uses for evaluating and measuring quality of care within an organization.
- Offers technical assistance for implementing clinical quality measures.
- Points to tools and resources external to the toolkit that an organization can access to further advance its quality objectives.