January 2017 Newsletter Article

Dear APA Members,

We want to share with you what is new within CORNET!  Please see below for updates and upcoming events. 

Project Updates

In Progress: National Immunization Partnership with the APA (NIPA)
This large-scale, quality improvement project coaches clinical sites through practice changes in order to increase adolescent HPV vaccination rates and limit missed opportunities for HPV vaccination at every clinic visit. 

Faculty who meet minimum participation requirements will receive MOC 4 credit.  Moreover we are excited that we will be able to offer banked MOC credit for residents as well.

We are preparing abstracts based on Wave 1 and are finalizing data analysis of Wave 2.  This month, we are beginning Wave 3 with 15 participating CORNET sites.

Completed: Preventive Services Improvement Project - State Spread (PreSIPS2)
A quality improvement initiative based on Bright Futures to improve the preventive health outcomes of young children has recently been completed.  Four continuity clinics from CORNET participated in this collaborative project with AAP State Chapters.  Measurement-based preventive services, implemented by faculty and residents in continuity clinics, are the key to the "future" of Bright Futures as well as incorporation into community practices as our residents transition into their professional careers.

Thank you to our participating sites and faculty:

  • Medical University of South Carolina - Kristina Gustafson
  • Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Health - Suzanne Lavoie, Helen Ragazzi, Christina Ching
  • Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Hospital - Shilpa Pai
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center - Janet Schairer

CORNET Presentations

CORNET members will be present a workshop at the APA Region II/III Meeting, entitled, "Partnering with parent navigators to meet your care coordination/PCMH needs and promote community-engaged research."  The purpose of this workshop is to encourage collaboration between continuity clinics and local parent partners to advocate for and improve healthcare and health outcomes for children with special healthcare needs.

If you are interested in viewing the workshop materials and strengthening your clinic's parent partnerships, please contact CORNET's Research and Network Coordinator, Holly Tyrrell, at

CORNET Executive Committee

Do you know your Regional Research Chair?
Here is the current list of CORNET chairs by APA region.  Please reach out to your local contact for any questions or research ideas.  They would be happy to provide you with guidance and suggestions.

Region I: To be announced
Region II: Allison Gorman,
Region III: To be announced
Region IV: Mike Steiner,
Region V: Heather Burrows,
Region VI: Sue Heaney,
Region VII: Teresa Duryea,
Region VIII: Sharon Dabrow,
Region IX: Wendy Hobson-Rohrer,
Region X: To be announced

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