Health Care Delivery Committee

Mission Statement

The mission of the Health Care Delivery Committee is to improve the health and well-being of all children, adolescents and young adults by promoting APA member professional development in research, education and quality improvement to create innovative, effective and cost conscious healthcare delivery systems.

The Values of the Health Care Delivery Committee

Family-Centered - Effective health care delivery systems must be designed around the needs of children and their families.
Multidisciplinary approach - Innovation and change management is a team effort that requires the work and support of everyone in the care delivery system, including those not directly involved in innovation or quality improvement work.
Community-based - www.tobuypriligy.com - Health care delivery exists within a local context and requires that care delivery systems are designed with this in mind.
Equity - Effective healthcare delivery systems must confront disparities in health outcomes.
Advocacy - Some changes in healthcare delivery systems will require changes to public policy and social consciousness.

Vision Statement

The Health Care Delivery Committee is committed to a future in which the health care delivery system in the United States provides quality care that is accessible, coordinated, culturally effective, comprehensive, family-centered, compassionate and affordable for all children, adolescents and young adults.

Goals of the HCD Committee

The following goals for the committee were developed and prioritized by the Task Force

  • Conduct a needs assessment of APA members to determine how the HCD Committee can best serve their professional needs.
  • Form a Task Force to plan and develop the Quality Scholars Program (QSP) for the APA.
  • Define the points of intersection between the HCD Committee and regions, SIGs, other committees and Task Forces to improve communication, collaboration and optimal use of resources.
  • Develop strategies to educate the APA membership on the emerging disciplines that relate to improving systems of health care delivery, including quality improvement science, implementation science and others.
  • Build collaborative partnerships with other professional organizations around common ground goals in health care delivery.
  • Develop strategies for determining quality measures that are specific to the unique health care aspects of pediatric health care delivery.


  • April 2016 Newsletter Article

    News from the Healthcare Delivery Committee

    Amid the continuing policy and financing changes affecting pediatric health care delivery, lies opportunity and innovation.  The APA is finding it's particular "niche" to maximally contribute to the health of children by supporting its members in general and subspecialty academic pediatrics.  For the Health Care Delivery Committee, much of that activity has focused on quality measurement and improvement.  As an organization, we are fully engaged in national initiatives by the National Quality Forum to expand and improve the measurement of pediatric care quality.  As importantly, we continue to develop opportunities to help our members build careers in quality improvement and related academic activities.

    Here are some highlights of 2015-16:

    • QI Science Course- come one come all! The one-day course on Quality Improvement Science, will be held on April 29th in conjunction with PAS. It is now in its 6th year, and continues to attract faculty from many of our institutions, particularly those new to quality measurement and improvement and who seek to make both operational contributions to their programs and academic contributions to the field.  Registration is still open!

    • APA Scholars Program!  The new APA Quality Scholars Program has been an idea for several years, but is now being launched in 2016-17, under the leadership of Dan Hyman (Colorado) and Shawn Ralston (Dartmouth).   More information will be coming soon about the amazing faculty, innovative curriculum, and networking opportunities of this program.  Applications will be accepted starting in late fall 2016.

    • Quality measurement and NQF engagement.  The APA has been at the forefront of ensuring that new quality measurement activities promote improved child health. Several APA members served on the multistakeholder committee recently convened by the National Quality Forum to evaluate newly developed new pediatric quality measures.  Most measures were developed by Centers of the ARHQ-CMS Pediatric Quality Measurement Program (the majority of which are led by active APA members).  15 of 24 measures were supported by the committee and have progressed to voting by NQF member organizations (including the APA). 

    • Continuing the work of the APA Poverty Task Force.  The Health Care Delivery Committee is fully committed to contributing to the APA's sustained focus on improving health for children in poverty.  This year at PAS, we are particularly pleased to sponsor a Topic Symposium that will showcase Innovations in Primary Care for Children Living in Poverty.  Please join us on Sunday, May 1, 10:30-12:30 (Baltimore Convention Center 308) for a stimulating session showcasing evidence-based, effective models of care.

    The Health Care Delivery Committee welcomes new members, and will have its annual committee meeting at PAS on Sunday, May 1 from 12:45-2:00 at the Hilton Hotel (this is a change from the original program). We hope to see you there!  Please direct questions before, during, or after to Jon Finkelstein (jonathan.finkelstein@childrens.harvard.edu).

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    Join us in Boston at PAS on Saturday April 28th, 2012
    topic symposium Health Care Delivery: Transforming Our System from Fragmentation to Integration

    Speakers:Thomas Klitzner from Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, Doug Thompson from Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Charles Macias from Texas Children's Hospital, Houston and Richard Antonelli from Boston Children's Hospital.

    The session will address models for successful health care delivery and using integration to deliver accountable care.




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