A new report from the National Quality Forum (NQF) provides a roadmap to consistent and predictable high-quality care for every person by 2030. Underscored by the current COVID-19 pandemic, “The Care We Need: Driving Better Health Outcomes for People and Communities” specifies opportunities to improve the health outcomes of people and communities with recommendations that focus on the importance of a seamless system of comprehensive, accessible care designed to keep people healthy and well.
“Twenty years ago, a new understanding of avoidable harm mobilized the modern quality movement and launched a series of initiatives to improve the safety and quality of the U.S. health care system.” said Shantanu Agrawal, NQF president and CEO and Task Force Co-Chair. “Today, COVID-19 and our persistent drive for better health outcomes again call for broad actions to achieve consistent, high quality care for everyone.”
Heather M. Young, professor and dean emerita of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and Ken Kizer, former director of the UC Davis Health Institute for Population Health Improvement, are among the dozens of top experts and pioneering health care leaders on the task force. Their report outlines how communities can work together to build on progress, strengths, and the lessons from the pandemic so that every person — especially the most vulnerable — can count on high quality care.
“As health care leaders, we must maintain an unrelenting focus on identifying and driving cultural and system changes necessary to normalize the provision of high-quality care for every person, every time, everywhere. We must make today’s exemplars the norm,” said Kizer, task force co-chair and founding president and CEO of the NQF in 1999.
Launched in 2019 with generous support from Kaiser Permanente, Geisinger, the Aetna Foundation, Intermountain Healthcare, the American Hospital Association, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, GlaxoSmithKline and HCA Healthcare, the National Quality Task Force brought together diverse stakeholders to identify actionable opportunities to achieve better health outcomes and value for every person in every community.
About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis transforms health care through interprofessional nursing education and research. Established in 2009 through a $100 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the school offers five graduate areas of study, including doctoral and master’s-degree programs in nursing science and health-care leadership and master’s-degree programs for pre-licensure nurses, family nurse practitioners and physician assistants, with a focus on preparing primary-care providers for rural and underserved communities. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of UC Davis Health, an integrated, academic health system encompassing the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center and the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu.