VON for Health Equity

Take Action to Follow Through: An innovation grant program to promote health equity for newborn infants and their families

About the Take Action to Follow Through Grant

Over the past 30 years we have come to understand that health and well-being are largely determined by social determinants of health — race, ethnicity, income, immigration status, and the environments where people live, work, and play. Neonatal care providers can and must address these social determinants of health to improve health equity, so everyone has a fair and just  opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Health equity is a key driver of critical transitions and is part of the framework utilized by teams participating in Vermont Oxford Network quality improvement collaboratives.

“Follow through” is a comprehensive approach to address health equity that begins before birth and continues into childhood involving health professionals, families, and communities as partners to meet the social as well as medical needs of infants and families. To help individuals and neonatal care teams learn how to follow through, Vermont Oxford Network developed a list of Potentially Better Practices. We refer to these improvement ideas as Potentially Better Practices (PBPs) rather than “better” or “best” practices to indicate that no practice is better or best until it is adapted, tested, and shown to work in the local context.

To help teams follow through, Vermont Oxford Network is offering a competitive grant program for members participating in NICQ or iNICQ. A major goal of this program is to develop innovative examples that will spread through our community of practice.

The grant will be a one-time award. There is no minimum amount for a grant. Most grants are expected to be in the $5,000 to $15,000 range. However, exceptional ideas up to $50,000 will be considered. Funded teams should expect to present their project at the Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress and to work with Vermont Oxford Network to disseminate their efforts and to collect metrics for evaluation. For the full request for proposals, selection criteria, and submission process, members participating in iNICQ or NICQ Improving Critical Transitions can visit their program pages.

Potentially Better Practices for Follow Through

Go to the full list of PBPs
Follow Through visual model

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Grants will be made to teams or organizations that are members of Vermont Oxford Network participating in NICQ or iNICQ.
  2. The team applying for a grant must provide care to infants and families who currently or previously received care in a neonatal intensive care unit.
  3. Construction or renovation projects are eligible with appropriate letters of support.
  4. Research projects are not eligible.
  5. Salary support for current professional staff is not eligible. Salary support for family or peer counselors may be allowed.
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Awarded Projects

Reducing Implicit Bias in the NICU, Cedars Sinai Medical Center