Community Apgar Program
Purpose of the CAQ Research: development and validation of a tool which identifies and weighs factors important to communities in recruiting and retaining rural family physicians. Differentially diagnose modifiable factors for strategic planning in individual critical access hospitals. Presentation of individual CAQ Scores facilitating discussions with key decision makers in each community for specific strategic planning and improvements. Designed to be applied serially, like a neonatal “Apgar Score”. Click here for the full presentation.
Contributors: Steven Millard, President, Idaho Hospital Association; Ted Epperly, MD, Program Director and CEO, FMRI; Alex Reed, Psy.D., MPH, Director of Behavioral Science, Mental Health and Research, FMRI; Ayaka Nukui, BS, Center for Health Policy, Boise State University.
Collaborative Partners: Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, Idaho Hospital Association, and the Idaho Medical Association.
Funding: Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. In-kind contributions by Boise State University, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Inc., Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, Inc., Idaho Hospital Association, and the Idaho Medical Association.
CAQ Sister Programs
Community Health Center CAQ under development in partnership with Idaho Primary Care Association. Completion Date: Spring 2010. Nursing CAQ under development in partnership with Boise State University Department of Nursing.