Kansas City, MO

More than 7 million children live with asthma in the United States. As a school nurse, Lizzie Cockrell has seen children struggle to control their asthma symptoms. One of her students, Judy, darkened the doorstep of the health room often.  “Recess, PE, health—she was spending those times with me in the health room,” said Cockrell. Looking for answers and help, Cockrell remembered the Asthma Ready Program and used its tools and guidelines to coordinate among Judy’s family and her doctor to assess control of her asthma. Judy’s story is one that “...

Kansas City health leaders are working together to tackle high pediatric asthma rates by building solutions to better identify and treat the condition. By working closely with children and their families, physicians, nurses and community partners have been able to reduce the severity of asthma for children in a unique pilot program.
These efforts are led by the Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium, one of RWJF’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) communities, which has brought together providers, researchers and patients to improve the way...

Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is the visionary effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to pilot real change in today's complicated health care system. For the past six years, AF4Q has brought together 16 geographically, demographically, and economically diverse communities across the United States behind a common purpose—to create sustainable models for health care transformation. Our ideas and initiatives have led to improvements in how health care is delivered, reductions in racial and ethnic disparities, and increased...

The Greater Kansas City’s area Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is led by the Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium (KCQIC).  Established in 2000 by the UAW-Ford Community Health Care Initiative and local health care stakeholders, KCQIC brings together an unprecedented commitment of resources and expertise among physicians, health plans, medical societies, medical schools, quality improvement organizations and community organizations. 

The KCQIC team creates a forum for health practitioners to exchange ideas about proven practices for improving patient outcomes in the community.  KCQIC promotes quality health care through collaboration and strategic leadership, education and training dissemination of information and tools.

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Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium
6000 N Oak
Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64118
Dr. Catherine Davis
Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium
Project Director