Symposium and Poster Presentations – September 20, 2018

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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, 919-818-3558.

Learn more about funded projects.

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 PriorityCurrent Emphasized TopicsClinical Lead(s)Program Manager(s)
Mortality ReductionFailure to Rescue
Sepsis Care
Palliative Care
Advanced Care Planning
Tina WillisMatt Huemmer
Karen Guptop
Reducing Avoidable ReadmissionsMedication Reconciliation
Standardization of Discharge Summaries
Follow Up Appointment Scheduling
Collaboration with Home Health and Skilled Nursing
Spencer Dorn
David Hemsey
Fabienne McClellan
Opiate StewardshipPrescribing Standards
Opiate Disposal
Brooke Chidgey
Jami Mann
Matt Nielsen
Nathan Woody
John Prieur
Ambulatory and Primary CareColorectal cancer screening
Breast cancer screening
Influenza immunization
Pneumonia immunization
Depression screening & management
Falls prevention
Diabetes management
Sam WeirCrystal Hoffman
Reducing Patient Harm
MRSAC. diff.

Pressure Ulcers
Post-op Respiratory Failure
Peri-op/Post-op Hemorrhage & Hematoma
Accidental Punctures & Lacerations
Foreign objects retained
Tom IvesterErin 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.

Application Procedure

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