Six $50,000 IHQI Seed Grants Awarded

Six projects have been awarded $50,000 by IHQI's Seed Grant Program.

The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) has awarded $50,000 each to six projects as part of IHQI's Seed Grant Program. Fifteen proposals from UNC Hospitals, UNC Physicians Network, and UNC Faculty Physicians were received.

The purpose of the IHQI Seed Grant program is to support projects that:

  • result in sustainable and meaningful improvement in the value of patient care
  • align with UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine strategic goals
  • increase improvement capacity and eliminate functional silos

The funded proposals are:

Cystic Fibrosis Care Transition
Cystic Fibrosis Care Center
Jennifer Goralski, MD

Decreasing Risk of Falls and Fall-related Injuries
Primary Care Improvement Collaborative Practices
UNC Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinics
Lead: Vicki Mercer, PT, PhD

Improving Patient Sleep and Decreasing Noise
North Carolina Memorial Hospital
Lead: Christine Hedges, PhD, RN

Decreasing Metabolic Side-Effects of Second-Generation Anti-Psychotics
UNC Psychiatry Acute Diagnostic and Treatment Clinic
Lead: Takahiro Soda, MD, PhD

Optimizing Tarheel Trauma Care
UNC Emergency Department
Lead: Daryhl Johnson, MD, MPH, FACS

Increase Screening and Interventions for Unhealthy Alcohol Use
General Internal Medicine Clinic
Lead: Dan Jonas, MD, MPH

About the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement
The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement’s mission is to catalyze healthcare improvement, spread and culture change by engaging providers in improvement projects, training and research. IHQI promotes the development of experience and expertise in improvement through the Seed Grant program, expands and enhances training in improvement techniques in cooperation with UNC Medical Center's Department of Operational Efficiency and develops externally funded research in quality improvement.