Fostering Partnerships Within States to Improve Children's Development and Preventive Services


Over the past several years, Fund-supported initiatives in North Carolina, Utah, and Vermont have successfully brought together child health care providers, professional societies, health departments, Medicaid programs, academic institutions, community organizations, insurers, and others to improve preventive and developmental services for young children. Acknowledging the effectiveness of this approach, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed that all activities of the Vermont partnership are eligible for federal matching funds. The University of Vermont-based staff of the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is well positioned to lead an effort to bring this quality improvement model to five other states. This project will help states develop the infrastructure for improvement partnerships and undertake learning collaboratives to improve care for young children. If it proceeds satisfactorily, a second phase will be proposed to continue this work for 18 more months to engage an additional six to 10 states and evaluate the outcomes and cumulative accomplishments of the project.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Vermont
Principal Investigator:
Judith Shaw, R.N., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 9, 2004

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