Driving Real Improvement in Value and Equity (DRIVE)
The DRIVE Toolkit is a quality improvement program intended to be used in new and existing health systems and clinical practices.
The DRIVE Toolkit 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 and help optimize strategies for health equity in key clinical focus areas (such as flu vaccination, COVID-19, and type 2 diabetes) in underserved communities.
The DRIVE program aims to reach the following goals:
- Address disparities in key clinical focus areas to close health inequities in underserved populations
- Increase awareness on how key clinical focus areas can worsen chronic medical conditions
- Utilize big data to identify high risk populations and leverage those insights strategically with key stakeholders
- Highlight the benefits of treatment in key clinical focus areas that eliminates or reduces the severity of the illness, including for people with chronic health conditions
- Create a replicable quality improvement model, as well as regional communications, to help close health inequities in local clinics and/or health systems
- Identify national and regional advocates for key clinical focus areas in underserved communities to facilitate and improve public health
- Generate sustainable, positive change in key clinical focus areas that will live – and grow – past the duration of the project
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.