Bozeman Health Pediatrics Selected to Host Visit from American Academy
Bozeman Health Pediatrics was selected as one of five groups nationally—and
the only one in Montana
Bozeman, MT [February 12, 2018] – Bozeman Health Pediatrics had the
distinct honor to welcome experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP), to their clinic last week.
In June 2017, Bozeman Health Pediatrics was selected as one of twenty pediatric
groups nationally—and the only one in Montana—to participate
in the I-SCRN (Improving Screenings, Connections with Families, and Referral
Networks) quality improvement project. The goals of the project are to
increase screenings and referral networks for families of children with
developmental delays, autism, maternal postpartum depression, social determinants
of health, and adverse childhood experiences. The Bozeman Health Pediatrics
team has implemented small tests of change which has improved upon the
great care delivered to their patients.
Bozeman Health Pediatrics was one of five groups to be selected for a site
visit as a part of the project. Two experts from AAP were onsite learning
about the clinic and the Bozeman Health organization, in addition to seeing
the effects of the changes that have been made, and giving suggestions
for further improvement. The experts also delivered a clinic-wide learning
Helping Families Build Protective Factors.
“We acknowledge that rural communities have particular challenges
with identifying and connecting families to resources that support health
and development, and we understand that some of Bozeman Health’s
patients come from far distances to receive care. The AAP’s hope
is that Bozeman Health Pediatrics participation in the learning collaborative
and welcoming us for an onsite visit provides us with lessons learned
about screening process implementation in a rural community that can be
translated to other pediatric care practices across the country. As Project
I-SCRN reaches its halfway point, we have also been particularly impressed
by the practice’s engagement in the project and the changes that
they’ve made thus far. From our visit, we’ve seen that the
core of their success is a cohesive team that shares a strong commitment
to improving the health of their patients.”
—Kori Flower, MD, MS, MPH, FAAP, Quality Improvement Advisor, Senior
Improvement Advisor, Population Health Improvement Partners
—Britt Nagy, MPH, Program Manager, Screening in Practices Initiative,
American Academy of Pediatrics
“We strive to provide the best possible care for our patients and
community members. Being selected to participate in this quality improvement
project was and still is a great honor. It’s nice to be acknowledged
for our efforts to be the best we can for our patients,” stated
Bozeman Health Pediatrics pediatrician Pepper Henyon, MD.
Bozeman Health Pediatrics I-SCRN core team members and AAP experts.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Pepper Henyon; Kayla Alley, RN; Shannon Fors,
RN; Sarehl Lomme, LCPC; Kodi Whisenhunt, parent partner; AAP’s Dr.
Tori Flower and Britt Kagy. Photo by Tyler Duke.