Improvement Teams

Transforming Health Care Through Quality Improvement.

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) works closely with its members and stakeholders to help them make better patient outcomes, improve system performance, and make care more affordable and safer. It starts with collecting data and using that information to determine what process or systems needs to be improved and then, WCHQ helps members learn the skills that are necessary to implement and monitor an improvement program or project.

With member input, WCHQ organizes its improvement work into topic-specific areas and creates an Improvement Team for each comprised of members and select stakeholders.

To learn more or to join a team, contact Cara Winsand.

The Improvement Teams

WCHQ facilitates collaborative learning teams, with provider members, focused on improving a particular health topic. WCHQ staff uses group learning and collective impact methods to support members’ practice transformation goals and drive improvement across the state. All members are welcome to participate on any of the teams and members can participate on multiple improvement teams. Participants benefit from networking with peers, education from subject matter experts, and rapid-cycle improvement work. Teams typically meet monthly with virtual participation available. Teams are currently in place on the following topics:

Adolescent and Child Health: WCHQ is supporting members in their efforts to improve in topic areas specific to this population, including: immunizations, well visits and developmental screening.

Behavioral Health: WCHQ is supporting members' efforts to integrate behavioral health into primary care, increase depression screening rates, and related topics.

Chronic Disease: This learning collaborative meets to hear expert presentations and to share best practices on caring for patients with chronic disease, particularly diabetes and hypertension.

Obesity: WCHQ has developed new initiative aimed at improving care for individuals living with obesity. This multi-year initiative is focused on sharing education and information related to obesity care in the first year.  WCHQ will develop several quality measures, with provider input, that will support members in their efforts to improve care for this population.

Statewide Improvement Priorities for 2021

The WCHQ 2021 improvement priorities are: behavioral health, colorectal cancer screening, chronic disease management, and adolescent and child health. In addition, WCHQ will direct resources to increasing immunization rates as members are concerned about the dramatic decline in the administration of life-saving vaccines. Improvement work related to oral health and health disparities will also be supported. These broad strategies for improvement cross many clinical priorities.

WCHQ’s priorities represent the clinical improvement topics of highest importance to its members and will be supported by WCHQ staff, broadly promoted and regularly monitored.

To learn more or join an improvement team, contact Cara Winsand.

Physical address

301 S. Westfield Rd.
Suite 320
Madison, WI 53717