Pave Your Path Webinars

Pave Your Path

A Free HHQI & IHI Webinar Series on
Designing a Systematic Approach to Quality Improvement

Download the Tools Featured in this Series
AIM Checklist
AIM Worksheet
PDSA Worksheet

Download a Pave Your Path series summary and application sheet

Goal:  Provide home health providers practical applications of the Model for Improvement as a framework to improve  quality using free HHQI National Campaign resources. Webinar participants who join all four Pave Your Path sessions will understand how to implement a systematic approach to redesigning and improving their system of care by using well-tested improvement methods.

The four-part series began on February 19, 2013 and continued each month through May 21, 2013.

Recorded Sessions

2/19/13: Pave Your Path #1: How to Improve - Will, Ideas and Execution

Focus: Prepare for successful change and contextual issues in home health care

  1. Describe the set-up process for successful improvement work, including leadership actions. 
  2. Identify the current state of home health care and the impact of improving care.
  3. Describe the three questions for the Model for Improvement, including how it tracks to LEAN
  4. List the key characteristics of a project Aim Statement.

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3/19/13: Pave Your Path #2: Using The Model for Improvement

Focus: How to use the Model for Improvement

  1. Describe how to use the three questions for the Model for Improvement.
  2. Describe a Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) cycle.
  3. Describe how to learn from PDSA cycles.
  4. List characteristics of a successful improvement team.
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4/16/13: Pave Your Path #3: Learning Toward Improvement

Focus: Using the Model for Improvement - measures and testing changes

  1. Describe how to identify measures to use in improvement.
  2. Describe what a PDSA cycle is and how it is used in quality improvement.
  3. Describe the process of testing changes, implementing changes and spreading changes.
  4. List tips for successful improvement.
  5. Hear an authentic account of how a home health agency successfully implemented an improvement process.

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5/21/13: Pave Your Path #4: Improvement Science and Helpful Techniques

Focus: A brief overview of Deming’s theory of profound knowledge as the foundation for improvement science (demonstrable improvement); techniques-process mapping and observation as learning techniques

  1. Describe the underpinnings of improvement science-Theory of Profound Knowledge (Deming).
  2. Describe what a process is in the context of improvement science.
  3. Identify how to produce process maps that make system processes visible.
  4. Describe observation as a learning tool.
  5. List improvement resources.

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BIOs for speakers

Cory B. Sevin R.N., M.S.N., N.P. Ms. Sevin is a Director with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  With IHI, she has led work in redesigning the clinical office practice, improving transitions into home healthcare,  emergency department flow, improving transitions in care to reduce readmissions and spread.  Ms. Sevin is a nurse practitioner with a Clinical Specialty in Adolescent, Preventative and Community Health.  Past experience includes 26 years working in a variety of community settings, including public health, schools and community health centers. Before coming to IHI, she was Vice President Operations at Clinica Campesina, a Community Health Center in Lafayette, Colorado. She received her BSN in 1976 from the University of Michigan and her MSN in 1980 from the University of Cincinnati.
Jane Taylor, EdD, Improvement Advisor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is a health care research practitioner with over 20 years of health care experience. Her leadership roles also include working as a hospital CEO in rural areas and a compliance officer for physician practices. Dr. Taylor was awarded a doctoral degree in adult learning from Columbia University, with a particular interest in transformative learning and learning design.

Kate Bones, MSW, is a Project Director with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement where she has managed collaborative quality improvement programs, R&D initiatives, and strategic partnerships for twelve years. She manages IHI’s Scientific Advisory Group and serves as a Collaborative Director in IHI’s State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative.  Ms. Bones has a background in community health and health policy.