Driving Real Improvement in Value and Equity (DRIVE) – COVID‑19
The DRIVE Toolkit is a quality improvement program intended to be used in new and existing health systems and clinical practices.
The first clinical focus of the DRIVE Toolkit is to help build equity for flu vaccination rates; it provides a framework for best practices, as well as tailored options to allow individual clinics and/or health systems to implement DRIVE in new settings, to help optimize strategies to increase flu vaccination rates in underserved communities.
The DRIVE program aims to reach the following goals:
- Address disparities in flu vaccination to close gaps in vaccination rates in underserved populations
- Increase awareness that flu worsens chronic medical conditions
- Utilize big data to identify high risk populations and leverage those insights strategically with key stakeholders
- Highlight the role of the flu vaccine in reducing severity of illness, particularly for people with chronic health conditions
- Create a replicable quality improvement model, as well as regional communications, to help close the gap in flu vaccination rates in local clinics and/or health systems
- Identify national and regional advocates for flu vaccination in underserved communities to facilitate and improve public health
- Generate sustainable, positive change in flu vaccination rates that will live – and grow – past the duration of the project
In the near future, new therapeutic areas will be added to the DRIVE Toolkit. For more information on the DRIVE flu Toolkit, click here.
DRIVE and SHC:
The DRIVE Toolkit was developed by the Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC), a subsidiary of the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF). SHC provides clinical teams and community leaders with education, training, and support by identifying gaps in healthcare and outcomes for all disease conditions, and implementing evidence-based QI education, in addition to community and patient engagement.
SHC focuses on primary care in underserved communities, including people of color, rural populations, older adults, children, people with disabilities, and people with limited financial means, health literacy, and other social risks, identified through NMQF’s state-of-the-art health geographic information system. Through the application of the rapid cycle improvement and collective impact model, SHC promotes patient-centered, team-based care that respects the clinicians, patients, and caregivers in achieving high quality and equitable health outcomes.
SHC thanks Sanofi Pasteur for their generous support of the DRIVE Toolkit.