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Improving Patient Access and Utilization of Preventive Care in the University Family Care by Families with Children Age 0-6 Years: Phase I

The purpose of this community assessment is to begin to describe the provider system-based reasons for low rates of pediatric visits in young children enrolled in University Family Care (UFC) in Pima County, and to identify optimal mechanisms to improve these members’ access to UPH providers.  The quality measures of interest are:1)   well-baby visits, where children should be having 6 well baby visits by 15 months of age, and 2) children having at least one wellness visit between age 3 and 6 years.D. Jean McClelland, of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Division of Health Promotion Sciences (HPS), will lead a Quality Improvement (QI) Team composed of HPS Maternal and Child Health concentration (MCH) faculty and students, UPH Department of Pediatrics personnel and UPH Health Plans personnel to perform a provider system community assessment and collaborate with the QI Team to develop a proposal for improving quality of preventive care in the population of UFC members age 0-6.  Ms. McClelland will be responsible for convening the QI Team, instrument and database development, oversight of MCH students assisting in the best practices review, conducting key informant interviews, reporting on findings, and facilitating recommendations. 
Start Year: 
2010
End Year: 
2011
Researchers: 
D Jean McClelland

The University of Arizona