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IHQI Improvement Scholars Symposium 2021

October 6, 2021

IHQI’s Improvement Scholars Symposium was held on September 21, 2021. Presenters, IHQI faculty mentors and staff convened in Old Clinic Auditorium and were joined by 135 audience members via Zoom. Improvement Scholars presented results of their quality improvement projects.  View the video recording. IHQI’s Director, Dr. Darren DeWalt, acknowledged the Scholars’ impressive improvement results despite … Read more

Congratulations to IHQI’s Director, Dr. Darren DeWalt, for co-leading a first-of-its kind study to establish sustainable best practices to improve food security

September 30, 2021

IHQI’s Director, Dr. Darren DeWalt, is co-leading a large clinical study to address food insecurity among Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s at-risk members who also have hypertension. The study will measure how to best help people who are food insecure achieve better health through nutrition. Co-leads are Dr. Alice Ammerman and Dr. … Read more

IHQI Faculty, Dr. Casey Olm-Shipman, Announced as IHQI Associate Director

July 9, 2021

Dr. Casey Olm-Shipman has been a longtime valued member of IHQI faculty, and she also started with us as an Improvement Scholar in 2015. We are now pleased to officially welcome her as our newest Associate Director! Learn more about Casey in her bio:  

IHQI Associate Director, Dr. Jennifer Elston-Lafata, Awarded $750,000 Grant

May 12, 2021

Please join us in our belated congratulations to IHQI Associate Director, Dr. Jennifer Elston-Lafata, for being awarded a $750,000 Genentech Health Equity Innovations Fund grant. The grant will fund studies on how health care organizations are considering equity as they establish virtual visit programs in cancer care, and how these programs can improve cancer care … Read more

IHQI Improvement Scholars Announced

May 12, 2021

IHQI is pleased to announce that six projects will be supported through IHQI’s Improvement Scholars Program from Sep 1, 2021 – Aug 31, 2022. Please join us in extending congratulations to the selected project leads: Sara Abu-Nasser, DO and Elisabeth Dellon, MD, MPH – Improving Telemedicine for Patients with Chronic Illnesses Kate Dickson, MD, MPH and Donald Rosenstein, … Read more

Call for Nominations: UNCMC Quality and Safety Awards 2021

April 19, 2021

UNC Medical Center is requesting nominations for its annual Quality and Safety Awards, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Medical Center Improvement Council (MCIC) meeting. Janet Hadar, President of UNC Hospitals, and Dr. Tom Ivester, Chief Medical Officer, sponsor the awards. To be eligible for the award, nominations should represent a team from the Medical … Read more

IHQI Associate Director, Dr. Lavinia Kolarczyk, Named Medical Director for Perioperative Care Redesign

February 25, 2021

UNC Health’s Care Redesign Team is pleased to announce that Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD, FASA, has been named Medical Director for Perioperative Care Redesign, effective March 1. In this new role, Dr. Kolarczyk will lead our System’s Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) program, which works to implement evidence-based surgical pathways across UNC Health and has proven … Read more

Registration Open for CLQS Symposium on March 3

February 11, 2021

Please join us for the Clinician Leadership in Quality and Safety Symposium on March 3. Students and faculty mentors will present their presentations on Zoom. Details in flyer below. Register at

Recruitment Appeal for IHQI Quality Analysts

January 20, 2021

UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) invites applications for two Quality Analysts Applications due Jan. 31, 2021 The position is ideal for someone passionate about improving healthcare and health. The role demands organization, versatility, creativity, confidence, enthusiasm and teamwork. Link to job posting: IHQI Quality Analyst The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement’s (IHQI) … Read more