Low Incidence Initiative
"Good networking! I was feeling lost before, but now I can pick up the phone and call someone (if I need help with QI)"

To build the QM capacity of low incidence States, the HIV/AIDS Bureau and the National Quality Center (NQC) initiated the Low Incidence Initiative in June 2006. This Initiative involved teams from 17 States working together over a period of 12 months to develop and refine quality management plans and programs. Participants of this Initiative included Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The 12-month Initiative involved face-to-face meetings, routine conference/web-conference calls, bi-monthly reporting on three required indicators and two optional indicators, and listserv discussions to build a community of learning. 

The outcomes of this Initiative included:

  • •completion of a comprehensive written quality management plan
  • •development and/or strengthening of the quality management committee within the respective State
  • •ability to regularly collect, trend and report quality data
  • •improvement in the self-assessed quality management program scores

New Publication - NQC released Building Capacity of Statewide Quality Management Programs, the NQC Guide for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B grantees, incorporating best practices learned from this Initiative, the Part B Collaborative as well as NQC technical assistance with Part B programs. 


Michael Hager, MA, MPH
National Quality Center (NQC)

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