Saving Children’s Lives: A Health Systems QI Program to Reduce U5 Mortality
*Recommended Audience: Young Professionals/Graduate Students, Mid-Level Professionals, and Experienced Professionals
While neonatal programs have reduced newborn mortality, a critical gap remains between preventative and curative healthcare services in rural and resource-limited settings for the 1-5 age range. The AHA is addressing this gap by contextualizing an established AHA training course called Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS). The program, called Saving Children’s Lives, is a health systems quality improvement program focused at the clinic and district hospital interface. The program tracks learning outcomes for its participants as well as facility readiness and patient outcomes at the institution and district levels. The AHA will share its experience in implementing the Saving Children’s Lives program in Botswana, Tanzania and India. Discussions will include issues of stakeholder partnership, curriculum design, outcomes assessment, data infrastructure, and sustainability.
Speakers: Peter Meaney, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Christine Joyce, Weill Cornell Medical College; Segolame Setlhare; Jose Ferrer, American Heart Association