Launching A Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative to Advance Health Equity

In this presentation, the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) will share its strategy to improve health equity using EHR data and community partnerships within a quality improvement learning collaborative. Through a unique, statewide partnership, WCHQ is engaging with health systems and other stakeholders to set improvement goals and track health equity over time.

Wisconsin has been a national leader in improving health care quality. However, there are widespread disparities in health outcomes and care. The 2019 and 2020 WCHQ Wisconsin Health Disparities Reports identified health disparities by race and ethnicity, health insurance, and geography. Using the data from these reports, leaders from WCHQ member health systems selected priority measures for improvement.

When the priority measures were selected, WCHQ launched a quality improvement learning collaborative to address specific health disparities throughout the state. Eliminating health disparities is a task that cannot be done by health systems alone or accomplished in silos. WCHQ's Disparities Improvement Team includes representatives from health systems, community organizations, payers, and other stakeholders to collaboratively identify best practices and implement strategies to decrease health disparities and improve equity.