September 22, 2023: How two New Jersey hospitals are improving teamwork and communication in childbirth

New Jersey is on #TeamBirth

This week, two New Jersey hospitals celebrated the launch of their TeamBirth initiatives. Virtua Mount Holly Hospital and Saint Peter’s University Hospital join four other implementers in the state. The launches are part of the state’s Nurture NJ program led by first lady Tammy Murphy, and they’re supported by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.


August 11, 2023: To improve care, start with clinical culture

Launching a new program is one thing. Changing clinical practice is another. A new paper by members of the Serious Illness Care Program team in The Joint Commission Journal on Patient Safety and Quality analyzes elements of clinical culture and implementation that facilitated serious illness communication practice change in five health systems. Insights from this research can offer a roadmap for health systems implementing the Serious Illness Care Program or other quality improvement initiatives. 

JULY 2023

July 27, 2023: How does hospital management affect clinical care?

The quality of hospital management plays an important role in the success of efforts to improve clinical care; however, hospitals often have limited insight into management quality. In partnership with 2018 Spark Grantee Raffaella Sadun, PhD, MSc, the U.S. Census Bureau has released data from the first at-scale measurement of managerial quality across U.S. hospitals. Researchers can use this data to study connections between managerial quality and quality of care.

JUNE 2023

June 28, 2023: Birthing Together

ᎢᏧᎳᎭ ιᎾιᏘᏅᏍᎬ is the word Cherokee community matriarchs chose to capture TeamBirthMisha Severson, MN, RNC-OB, co-authors an editorial in JOGNN on implementing the program at Cherokee Nation birthing centers and constructing new paradigms in health systems to improve care for Indigenous families.

June 16, 2023: What 8,100 clinicians have to say about primary care

A new paper in NEJM Catalyst warns that primary care is in crisis. Co-authored by Executive Director Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, the paper shares findings from the largest national survey of primary care clinicians conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings highlight clinician barriers to delivering equitable, high-quality patient care, and the authors outline emergency steps needed to stabilize and sustain primary care before it’s too late.

June 1, 2023: Improving Birthing Care in Zanzibar

Last month, WAJAMAMA, Zanzibar’s first holistic maternal health clinic, and the State University of Zanzibar launched a newly renovated Simulation Lab at the university. In collaboration with Ariadne Labs’ Delivery Decisions Initiative, Laerdal Global Health, and Georgetown University, the partners refinished the space with new simulation equipment to support nursing and midwifery students in building the skills needed to deliver high quality patient care. The launch comes as part of a larger effort to address rising maternal and infant mortality rates in Zanzibar.

MAY 2023

May 19, 2023: Anti-Racism in Serious Illness Care

In an interview, Karen Bullock, PhD, LICSW, FGSA, APHSW-C, discusses how racism impacts our health care systems and what steps can be taken to begin to create change. Bullock, who is the Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor in the Boston College School of Social Work, will present on “Anti-Racist Practices in Serious Illness Care” during Ariadne Labs’ June 13th – 14th Serious Illness Care Program Summit: Driving Equity in Serious Illness Communication and Care.

May 3, 2023: Why we need to talk about equity in Serious Illness Care

Erik Fromme, MD, MCR, FAAHPM, and Stacey Downey, MA, shared details of the upcoming Serious Illness Care Program Summit: Driving Equity in Serious Illness Communication and Care. The virtual, CME-eligible Summit will feature workshops and presentations from national experts in serious illness care, palliative care, health equity, and more. Participants will gain early access to the Serious Illness Care Program’s all-new digital learning modules, and a limited number of seats will be available for a new simulation-based training in how to use the Serious Illness Conversation Guide.

APRIL 2023

April 21, 2023: Celebrating 10 Years of Impact: Ariadne Labs’ Anniversary Video

In recognition of Ariadne Labs’ 10-year anniversary, hear from our leaders on how we are rising to the emerging challenges facing today’s health care systems.

April 6, 2023: Measuring and Improving Primary Health Care around the World

Measuring and Improving Primary Health Care: Tools from PHCPI: A Reference Guide
The Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) released a reference guide summarizing the tools and resources developed since the partnership’s formation in 2015. It details the groundbreaking progress made in understanding, measuring, and improving primary health care. Though the partnership has concluded, these tools will continue to serve health system leaders in advocating for PHC to make health systems more resilient and responsive, while improving the quality and equity of care.

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