OVERVIEW

Launched in 2014, the National Improvement Challenge is an innovative program that seeks to improve women’s health care through the development of patient safety and quality improvement programs.

THROUGH THE NATIONAL IMPROVEMENT CHALLENGE, THE COUNCIL SEEKS TO:

  • Foster a culture of collaboration, teamwork, patient safety, and communication between clinicians and patients to promote the Council’s mission: safe health care for every woman
  • Increase widespread implementation of the safety tools disseminated by the Council.
  • To create opportunity for knowledge sharing amongst institutions.
  • To encourage the development of patient safety and quality improvement projects in the following focus areas:
Prevention of Surgical Site Infections After Major Gynecological Surgery

Winners announced September 2017

Learn more about the winning programs 

Combination Project: Reduction of Peripartum Racial and Ethnic Disparities + Any Other Clinical Patient Safety Bundle

Submit Declaration of Intent – Due February 15, 2019 

Submit Complete Application – Due June 14, 2019

Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Births

Winners announced September 2018

ELIGIBILITY

NEW: The National Improvement Challenge is now open to ANY individual or team in the United States; health systems are encouraged to submit a joint project across programs.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process is comprised of two steps:

STEP 1: Submission of Declaration of Intent

An interested individual or program must declare intent by the specified cycle deadline in order to be eligible to complete the full application for that cycle. However, submission of a declaration of intent is not binding — an individual or program may decide to not complete the full application and can leave the process at any point.

When a cycle is open, the online form for the current cycle can be found linked above.

STEP 2: Submission of Application Form

After an interested program has declared intent, they are eligible to complete the application. The Application Form has areas to upload the required items outlined below.

A. Project Narrative

The project narrative should be developed in Microsoft Word and uploaded directly into the online Application Form in the designated upload area.

It should following SQUIRE Guidelines and must include the following:

  • Specific objective(s) related to the project topic for the current cycle.
  • Stakeholders involved (list of all participating clinicians, patients, hospital administrators, and others who participated or are actively participating in the design and/or implementation of the project should be listed as an appendix)
  • Measurements (qualitative and/or quantitative). Please note that metrics can include those utilized by the AIM Program, but that their use is not a submission requirement.
  • Steps for implementation.
  • Anticipated outcomes.

The narrative should be single-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins and should be no longer than 4 pages. Figures, charts, and pictures may be included separately as appendices but must be described or explained in the text submission (within 4-page limit). Any references should be submitted in APA format. Institution name should appear on each page in the footer.

Please note: Approval by your institutional review board (IRB) may be required depending the project design and/or the methods of research proposed. IRB approval is dependent on your institution’s policies, and is not a required component of this application. Please check with your institution regarding the need for IRB approval.

B. Authorized Signature Form

The Authorized Signature Form must be completed by one hospital or health system administrator* for each applying institution and uploaded directly into the online Application Form in the designated upload area.

*Authorized individuals can include: hospital or health system CEO, quality and safety officer/administrator, department chair, residency program director, or other leadership designee identified by the applying institution.

EVALUATION

Submissions will be evaluated and voted on by the members of Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care on the following criteria:

Documentation of improved structures, processes, or outcomes Use of the Council’s tools (Bundles, Forms, etc.) Demonstrated multidisciplinary collaborative engagement

AWARDS

Awards will be given to the top 4 entries in each topic area. Awarded prizes include a check made payable to the institution of up to $3,000; registration(s) for ACOG’s annual meeting or other national meeting of a clinical professional organization; and an opportunity to present the project on a national stakeholder teleconference. See below for a detailed breakdown of awards.

1st Place

  • $3000 award (check to be made payable to institution)
  • Two paid registrations to ACOG’s annual meeting or other national meeting of a selected clinical professional organization*
  • Opportunity to present your project on one of the Council’s Safety Action Series calls to a national audience of patient advocates clinicians and other stakeholders (15 minute duration – 10 minutes for presentation 5 minutes for questions)

2nd Place

  • $2000 award (check to be made payable to institution)
  • One paid registration to ACOG’s annual meeting or other national meeting of a selected clinical professional organization*
  • Opportunity to present your project on one of the Council’s Safety Action Series calls to a national audience of patient advocates clinicians and other stakeholders (15 minute duration – 10 minutes for presentation 5 minutes for questions)

3rd Place

  • $1000 award (check to be made payable to institution)
  • Opportunity to present your project on one of the Council’s Safety Action Series calls to a national audience of patient advocates clinicians and other stakeholders (15 minute duration – 10 minutes for presentation 5 minutes for questions)

4th Place

  • Opportunity to present your project on one of the Council’s Safety Action Series calls to a national audience of patient advocates clinicians and other stakeholders (15 minute duration – 10 minutes for presentation 5 minutes for questions)

*Travel expenses for attendees to and from any awarded meetings are not covered. Registration fees will be covered for the specified number for the meeting(s) immediately following the award notice, unless other arrangements are made.

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