On Dec. 12, ASCO presented a storyboard poster about a nearly completed quality improvement project funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. The project involves bringing ASCO’s quality improvement resources to four U.S. cancer practices in medically-underserved communities.
Gene Cunningham, a Quality Performance Improvement & Grants Manager, presented the storyboard at the conference with Crystal Simmons, a grant project participant from the JPS Health Network Center for Cancer Care of Fort Worth, Texas. Simmons is involved in grant program activities including QOPI ® and the Quality Training Program.
The annual IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, which this year took place Dec. 10–13 in Orlando, brings health care professionals—including clinicians and staff, quality and safety manger, and senior leaders—together to network, learn about the latest methodologies and tools, and find inspiration and information on improving health and health care for patients.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is a donor to Conquer Cancer, ASCO’s Foundation, with grants that are aimed at enhancing the quality of cancer care available in underserved communities. In 2016, grant money funded a quality improvement program led by ASCO’s Quality Training Program staff at one practice in four communities in Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Worth and New York that were selected for their commitment to caring for underserved populations and willingness to engage in quality improvement.