In 2001, the Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management (SCOQIM) was developed in response to numerous reports that have highlighted the growing concern from the public, government, and purchasers about the growing gap in health care quality. Within the next several years, the AAP identified quality improvement as a strategic pillar, meaning the organization is committed to making a positive direction in supporting AAP members in the provision of quality care for children.
Over the past decade SCOQIM has continued to contribute to the AAP's quality improvement agenda by establishing workgroups focused on education, evidence, measurement, patient safety, and implementation that currently encompass over 200 members. Given SCOQIM's growth and increased interest in quality both external and internal to the AAP, in 2013 the committee transitioned into a council. The Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS) is focused on innovations and activities supporting the integration of policy and practice, education, advocacy, and implementation around the topic areas of quality improvement and patient safety.
COQIPS is supported by an executive committee, led by Dr Wayne Franklin and continues to maintain relationships with external organizations such as the Agency for Health Research Quality (AHRQ), American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), and the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ). COQIPS is now ready to develop new partnerships and to nurture the growing network of AAP members who want to become more involved in quality improvement initiatives within the AAP and across the nation.
Please join us in becoming a member of COQIPS and help to fulfill the AAP's mission that "every child gets the right care every time."