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Chapter Quality Network


AAP chapters play a critical role in improving the quality of health care for children across America. By providing a supportive community for chapter members to engage in quality improvement activities, chapters can increase the value of membership and ca​​talyze improvement in care. ​

Chapter Quality Network (CQN) projects focus on building AAP chapter capacity to lead quality improvement efforts with member practices. CQN projects follow a modified version of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Breakthrough Series Collaborative Model, in which practices attend group learning sessions and work on improvements in their local settings around a focused clinical topic. With support from the national office, chapter leaders help participating pediatricians implement evidence-based guidelines and best practices to improve care. Over time, practices embed quality improvement into their everyday practice and work to improve patient outcomes at a population level. Through participation in CQN projects, pediatricians can earn American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification Part 2 and Part 4 credit, as well as continuing medical education credit.

CQN is housed within the Division of Chapter Quality Improvement Initiatives at the Academy. In addition to CQN projects, division staff are available to support chapter leaders with other chapter quality improvement initiatives.

CQN has completed learning collaboratives on the following topics:

  • ADHD
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Asthma
  • Immunizations

CQN Change Packages are available for each topic.

CQN will be launching a new chapter-based learning collaborative focused on adolescent immunizations in 2021. For more information, please contact Suzanne Emmer (semmer@aap.og).

Contact C​QN

We are happy to answer questions regarding CQN projects and to assist with other chapter-related quality improvement efforts.

Suzanne Emmer
Director, Division of Chapter Quality Improvement Initiatives