NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

January 11, 2024: How Primary Care Saved Lives in Costa Rica

Primary Health Care Fellow Madeline Pesec, MD, ScM, co-authored a new study isolating the effect of Costa Rica’s primary health care system on long-term mortality. The study took advantage of a natural experiment, which was possible because of the way the country rolled out its transformative primary health care model in the 1990s. Mortality rates fell by 13% nine years after rollout, with greater impact for people over age 65 (22% decrease) and people with cardiovascular conditions (19% decrease).


DECEMBER 2023


December 14, 2023: Asaf Bitton Recognized with Primary Care Leadership Award

In a speech delivered at the 2023 Barbara Starfield Awards Dinner, Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, recognizes the challenges primary care clinicians are facing and emphasizes the important role of hope in creating change. “Hope is a strategic imperative. Hope is a discipline to be cultivated. Hope is not optional if you wish to see any change in this world,” said Bitton.  


NOVEMBER 2023


November 9, 2023: TeamBirth is a Model for Person-Centered Birthing Care


In an article in OBG Management, members of the Delivery Decisions Initiative detail how TeamBirth supports shared decision-making to give patients the role they want in labor and delivery. Data shows that TeamBirth increases patients’ sense of autonomy, and, in a survey, 90% of clinicians agreed they would recommend TeamBirth for other labor and delivery units.

November 2, 2023: New Grants Spark Innovation in Nursing Home and Childbirth Care


The Ariadne Labs Spark Grant program provides support for new and early-stage ideas to make health care safer, more equitable, and more integrated for patients everywhere. Now in its 11th year, the program has funded more than 20 projects. The work of this year’s three grantees will focus on improving quality of life in nursing homes, preparing pregnant people for what to expect in early labor, and enhancing physical design of childbirth spaces to improve outcomes and experiences.


OCTOBER 2023


October 20, 2023: Operating Room Crisis Checklists have gone digital


Ariadne Labs’ Safe Surgery/Safe Systems team has released an updated set of fully-digitized, customizable Operating Room Crisis Checklists. The compendium of 17 Checklists was developed in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary expert advisory board of international leaders in anesthesiology, pharmacology, patient safety, and more. The Checklists serve as cognitive aids for operating room teams to respond quickly and effectively in moments of crisis.

October 10, 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.


SEPTEMBER 2023


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 2023


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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