James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

  • Local Health: Five Focus Areas
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    Infant Mortality
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    Obesity
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    Asthma
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    Unintentional Injuries
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    Early Childhood Development
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  • We’re Dedicated to Every Child in Our Community

    community-video-snapshotCincinnati Children’s, together with our community partners, is tackling the most prevalent, challenging and burdensome pediatric health issues facing families today. Our goal is that the children of Hamilton County, Ohio, will be the healthiest in the nation. Robert Kahn, MD, MPH, is the faculty lead for the community and population health improvement initiative within the Anderson Center.  

    The medical center’s 2015 strategic plan calls for the hospital to lead, advocate and collaborate to measurably improve the health of local children and reduce health disparities in targeted populations. We realize this work can be accomplished only through new approaches and collaborations with community partners. Together we will map targeted health issues across the neighborhoods we serve to better understand the causes and draw on the most effective and innovative ideas within the community to improve health. 

    What We Will Achieve

    We chose five conditions that are prevalent in the community and have high associated health costs.  We share a commitment with families, children, leaders and partners within our community to:

    • Reduce infant mortality
    • Reverse the trend of increasing childhood obesity
    • Reduce the trend of hospital use for children with asthma
    • Reduce unintentional injuries
    • Support  healthy early childhood development  

    Our Framework

    Our approach is to use the IHI triple aim model, which provides a framework for how communities and providers can work together for healthcare improvement.  The model examines population health and cost and experience of care. It also provides a theory of change that is focused on using improvement science methodology.  

    The five Cincinnati Children’s population health teams have developed condition-specific key driver diagrams that act as road maps for their work within communities.  Although the teams focus on different conditions and work in different communities, common themes define our work:

    • Social determinants of health affect health literacy and access to care and services
    • Self-management, including patient and family engagement in our work
    • Risk segmentation of the population to identify highest risk communities and populations
    • Care coordination to link patients with needed medical and community services
    • Engaged community leaders with a shared vision to improve the health of their communities

    The Anderson Center coordinates and provides resources to population health improvement teams and their community partners. Resources include project management, expertise in measurement and mapping, quality improvement coaching and community engagement activities.

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  • Committed to Change

    Press release: Cincinnati Children’s announces long-term community initiative to improve children’s health in Hamilton County.Press Release
  • Health Policy

    The Anderson Center also conducts policy research to improve child health and well-being nationally and around the world.

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  • Community Outreach

    We are deeply committed to community service that goes beyond our role as the region's leading pediatric healthcare provider.

    Community Outreach