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Successful Learning Community and Care Coordination Conferences

This month the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative held two educational conferences, the June HEN Learning Community and the Care Coordination Conference. Approximately 284 participants from around the states of Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Nebraska attended the conferences. Attendees experienced exciting presentations about HAI, health literacy, community care coordination and collaboration, patient and family engagement, EHR, and data interpretation.

This Issue's "Takeaway" Resource

The latest CMS HEN Takeways slide captures top strategies and evidence-based resources to reduce the incidence of Clostridium difficile infections.  Click this link to view the Clostridium difficile (C.diff) reduction strategies slide.

Save the Date!

Interested in attending the next HEN Learning community? The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative will be holding the next learning community on August 26, 2014. This HEN Learning Community will be held at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona. Registration will be available in June.

Also, IHC will be holding the 11th Annual Conference: "Moving Forward" on August 27, 2014 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona.  This event is currently accepting exhibitor applications. Please contact Nancy at for more information!

Other Upcoming Events:

  • June 9 - June 15, 2014: Men's Health Week. Click this link to view resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • June 19, 2014: Improving Maternal Outcomes of Obstetric Hemorrhage Educational Broadcast from VHA. Click this link to view the brochure for this program.
  • June 24, 2014: Care of Children in General Hospitals Pacing Event from the Partnership for Patients. Click this link to receive more information and register for the event.

Additional Resources:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created an infographic depicting HAI rates for the state of Iowa. Click this link to view the infographic.
  • The University of Iowa was highlighted on the Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality website for reducing readmissions. Click this link to view the article. 
  • AHRQ provides information on hand hygiene from an interview with Dr. Didier Pittet. Click this link to view the recorded conversation. 
  • Didn't get enough information on hand hygiene from the interview resource? Click this link for more hand hygiene information from AHRQ.
  • The Additive Analytics Blog created a post discussing simple process changes to reduce HAIs by 44%.  Click this link to read the full post.


NEW Recordings: 
Brian Isetts Webcast: The National Call to Medication Safety
William Peters Webcast: Appreciating Variation in Data

Next IHC What's Up Call for HEN Hospitals:

July 8, 2014
10:00 A.M.
For dial in information, email

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