Quality Improvement Initiatives

Pediatric Health Network (PHN) offers quality improvement initiatives for practices in our clinically integrated network with the support of Children’s National Hospital. Guided by the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) Model for Improvement, PHN uses a data-driven approach to create and sustain a culture of quality improvement across the network. The quality improvement initiatives foster a collaborative learning community focused on improving the health of children in the region. The quality improvement work of the PHN is complemented by the institutional culture of quality that is sustained by the Quality and Safety Program at Children’s National Hospital. 

Practices will leverage data to drive improved health outcomes for its patient population, while increasing value and patient and practice team satisfaction.   

Depression Screening and Follow Up Quality Improvement Initiative

In 2023, PHN practices will focus quality improvement efforts on the Depression Screening & Follow-up measure. In this 7-month project, practices will evaluate the current state, test changes in PDSA cycles, and implement a successful change practice-wide. Resources and video recordings will be posted on this page.

Please contact phn@childrensnational.org with any questions. 


Upcoming Events

Past Presentations

All our presentations are recorded, and the supplemental handouts and guidelines are available for your reference below.

Depression Screening and Follow Up

October 3, 2023

Social Media & Youth Wellbeing

July 24, 2023

Brief Coping Strategies for Depressed Children and Teens in Primary Care

April 28, 2023

PHN 2023 Quality Improvement Initiative: Depression Screening and Follow-up: Overview and Trends

March 27, 2023

PHN 2023 Quality Improvement Initiative: Depression Screening & Follow-up Project Kickoff

March 2, 2023

PHN 2023 Quality Improvement Initiative: Depression Screening & Follow-up Information Session

Presented by: PHN Team

Adolescent Care Initiative

September 2022

Addressing Food Insecurity in Pediatric Primary Care: Novel Strategies to Optimize Screening, Coding, and Billing

Presented by: Kofi D. Essel, MD, MPH; Sarah C DeSilvey, DNP, FNP-C

July 12, 2022

Increasing the Rate of HPV Vaccinations in the Primary Care Setting

Presented by: Alexandra Brugler Yonts, MD; Kathleen Kadow, MD

May 25, 2022

February 15, 2022

Implementing AAP Recommendations at Adolescent and Young Adult Well-Child Visits: A PHN Quality Initiative

Advancing Asthma Care

October 26, 2021

Empowering Your Teens: Asthma Updates and Management
Presenter: Eduardo Fox, MD; Shilpa Patel, MD, MPH

July 27, 2021

Future of Pediatrics 2021 Series: Navigating a World with Asthma – Parent Advisory Panel
Presenter: Candice Dawes, MD, and Parent Advisory Panel

This presentation was part of our Future of Pediatrics 2021 virtual series. To view recordings from the entire series please click here.

May 11, 2021

Educational Webinar #3: Social and Environmental Disparities Affecting Asthma Outcomes in the DMV Region

March 9, 2021

Educational Webinar #2: When to Refer to Pulmonary and Allergy, Asthma Self-Management Education, and Asthma Telehealth Visits 

January 12, 2021

Educational Webinar #1: Review of NHLBI Guidelines and Coding & Billing for Asthma Services 

December 15, 2020

Information Session