Formerly known as the IHQI Seed Grant Program, the Improvement Scholars Program promotes the development of experience and expertise in healthcare improvement among clinician leaders at UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care. The purpose of this request is to solicit applications for healthcare improvement projects. Improvement projects must be aligned with formally-organized UNC clinical improvement priorities.
Please address questions about the Improvement Scholars Program to Laura Brown firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-818-3558.
Eligibility and Requirements
Projects are intended to improve clinical care and outcomes for a population of patients by implementing proven and/or expert-recommended strategies and approaches. Proposals to research new interventions for efficacy and/or effectiveness will not be funded.
Projects must align with one of UNC’s institutional priorities. Project applicants should discuss project ideas with clinical leads of institutional priorities prior to submitting a letter of intent (see Section V).
Selected projects must be approved by clinical leads of prioritized initiatives. Clinical leads may be interested in projects that address topics other than the current emphasized topics listed in the table below. Please seek guidance and approval from the clinical lead prior to submitting a letter of intent to IHQI.
If you have a project idea that aligns with an institutional priority not listed below, please contact Laura Brown at IHQI to provide information about the institutional priority and discuss the feasibility of IHQI support for the proposed project.
|Institutional Priority||Current Emphasized Topics||Clinical Lead(s)||Program Manager(s)|
|Mortality Reduction||Failure to Rescue|
Advanced Care Planning
|Tina Willis||Matt Huemmer
|Reducing Avoidable Readmissions||Medication Reconciliation|
Standardization of Discharge Summaries
Follow Up Appointment Scheduling
Collaboration with Home Health and Skilled Nursing
|Opiate Stewardship||Prescribing Standards|
|Ambulatory and Primary Care||Colorectal cancer screening|
Breast cancer screening
Depression screening & management
|Sam Weir||Crystal Hoffman|
|Reducing Patient Harm||
Post-op Respiratory Failure
Peri-op/Post-op Hemorrhage & Hematoma
Accidental Punctures & Lacerations
Foreign objects retained
|Tom Ivester||Erin Burgess|
Project leads meet monthly with IHQI faculty coaches throughout the project period. All project teams will meet together at half-day IHQI-facilitated meeting three times during the funding period. Each project lead will attend and present results at the IHQI Improvement Scholars Symposium near the end of the project period.
The Improvement Scholars Application is available here.
Feel free to review this successful proposal from the 2014-2015 cycle: Stepped Approach to Preventive Services Outreach in Primary Care.
|RFP Published||November 21, 2017|
|Competitive Letter of Intent Due||January 12, 2018|
|Invitation to Apply||January 26, 2018|
|Proposals Due||March 21, 2018|
|Notification of Awards||May 2, 2018|
|Team Preparations with IHQI||May – August 2018|
|Projects Start||September 1, 2018|