CHP Bright Spot: Failing Forward Together

CHP Bright Spot: Failing Forward Together

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has worked with AcademyHealth's Community Health Peer Learning Program to reduce inpatient hospitalizations for pediatric patients with the use of electronic health records and geographic information systems in its community.

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What does an internationally recognized children’s hospital do when there are unacceptable health outcomes (disproportionately higher bed-day rates) for children and families living just steps away? The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) developed new strategies to gather the diverse perspectives and resources necessary to identify root causes and ultimately develop practice-based and community-based solutions that address the full spectrum of patients and families’ health needs.

One valuable takeaway from CCHMC’s experience in the Community Health Peer Learning Program is that learning from failure is a team sport: they could more effectively spot and address the social and environmental determinants contributing to poor health outcomes with the people representing those perspectives as part of the problem solving.