Continuous Quality Improvement
The Consortium coordinates a variety of state mandated activities related to MCH data collection. The primary database used is the electronic birth certificate (EBC). Consortium staff provide technical support to each of our member hospitals for the EBC. It is this data that we compile and analyze annually to publish the Continuous Quality Improvement and Data Report. This document guides much of the MCH related activity within our region. It is used for grant applications both internally and by our members, for our hospitals during magnet application, as well as for other program implementation. Data is examined throughout the year by the Multidisciplinary Review committee and the Continuous Quality Improvement committee. The information from the EBC provides outcome data and allows CJFHC, hospitals, and community agencies to assess the effectiveness of programs in the community as well as guide them for future planning purposes.
Data and Evaluation
For over 15 years, the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (formerly Central New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortium) has worked with organizations in the NJ public health delivery system to develop, implement and evaluate programs to improve the health of women, infants, children and families. From group-level professional training to one-on-one technical assistance, we have assisted organizations, at the local, regional and state-level with a variety of program development, implementation and evaluation strategies and elements needed to create sound and valuable programs. These include:
- Responding to Government and Foundation Funding Proposals
- Needs Assessment
- Gaps Analysis
- Organizational Capacity Review
- Behavioral Sciences
- Process and Outcome Objectives
- Logic Models
- Curricula Development
- Fiscal and Programmatic Contracts/Grants Management
- Staff Development Training
- Outcomes Monitoring and Evaluation
- Programmatic Protocols, Policies and Procedures
- Quality Assurance
- Programmatic Auditing
- Process Documentation
- Database Development
- Data Entry and Management
- Data Analysis and Reporting
- Program Staff Skill Assessment
Some of our most recent projects include the development, implementation and evaluation of a region-wide central intake system for home visiting programs, database development and data analysis of the NJDHSS statewide maternal mortality review program, implementation and evaluation of a childhood obesity prevention program, etc. Among our many projects, CJFHC collects and analyzes public health surveillance data from hospitals in the central region to monitor maternal and child health and assess program needs. CJFHC is responsible for designing and implementing and evaluating continuous quality improvement activities across the central region hospitals. Contact the Data and Evaluation Director for more information.
Fetal Infant Mortality Review
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium established a Regional Perinatal Bereavement Task Force as part of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program of the New Jersey Department of Health. This Task Force is comprised of health care professionals and consumers from our region to address the needs of parents and families who have suffered a fetal or neonatal loss. Clergy, social workers, funeral directors, nurses, doctors, bereavement coordinators, mental health therapists and community program facilitators will have the opportunity to learn from each other so that we can better care for and minister to grieving parents and families.
In the past, guest speakers have included a funeral director, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep photographer, NJ Tears parent representative and Circle of Life Children's Center (palliative care) representatives. Additional topics have included meeting standards of care for perinatal bereavement resources, community resources, professional resources and family education. In addition, the committee is working towards providing bereavement education for professionals in our region.
FIMR Bulletin 05/14.pdf
NJ Immunization Information System and Vaccine Preventable Disease Programs
The New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS) is a Secure Web Based Program that Health Care Providers can use to keep track of the vaccines they administer in their office, or view vaccines that other Providers have administered. NJIIS serves as the official repository of Immunizations administered to children in New Jersey.
NJIIS is the official Immunization Registry per the Statewide Immunization Registry Act – NJAC 8:57 – 3. Any Health Care Provider who administers vaccines to children less than 7 years of age is State Mandated to enter these vaccines into NJIIS according to NJAC 8:57 – 3.16.
NJIIS is not only for children, it is a life span Registry. Any person who was born prior to January 1, 1998 can be enrolled in NJIIS at their Health Care Provider (HPC) as long as they give consent to be part of NJIIS.
• Provider Trainings: Providers in the 6 CJFHC Counties (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties) are trained to manually enter vaccines into NJIIS. School Nurses are trained to view the information in NJIIS for their students and Advanced Webinars are conducted for the existing NJIIS Users to learn additional functions in the system.
• Quality Assurance: QA Specialists conduct routine Audits of the Providers who are currently using NJIIS comparing the Providers Medical Record for their patients to the information in NJIIS. Discrepancies are reported back to the Provider with instructions to complete the Online Immunization Record. The Quality Assurance Specialists also routinely merge duplicate patients, reset passwords for existing NJIIS Users and answer general questions from Providers.
• Education and Outreach: Conduct ongoing coordination with the appropriate executive and professional staff of the NJ Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) with the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH), Vaccine Preventable Disease Program (NJVPDP).
The NJIIS program works with the NJ Department of Health's Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program in the dissemination of educational materials for healthcare providers and educators throughout our service region. To browse materials for ordering or obtain an individual brochure(s) click on the following link. If you are a healthcare provider or educator and are interested in ordering Perinatal Hepatitis B brochures, click here. For more information regarding the Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program visit NJ Department of Health Communicable Disease Service website.
The NJIIS program works with the NJ Department of Health's Vaccine Preventable Disease Program in the dissemination of HPV educational materials for healthcare providers throughout our service region. To browse materials for ordering or obtain an individual brochure(s) click on the following link where you will find an order form and various HPV related resources.
For more information regarding NJIIS and how the program can benefit your practice please contact Patricia Kaiser, NJIIS Program Coordinator / Trainer 732-363-5400.
Perinatal Addiction Prevention
Protect Your Baby For LifeAs part of the statewide Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project, education is provided for professionals and consumers regarding substance use before, during, and after pregnancy.
Education focuses on prevention and risk reduction to improve the health of women and children and their families. An Advisory Committee has also been established to address and coordinate Perinatal Addictions services, and provide education throughout the central region of New Jersey. This committee is comprised of professionals from treatment settings, prenatal care facilities, DYFS, Drug Court, and other community services.
In addition, a Coalition for Opioid Dependence and Pregnancy has been established to bridge gaps in services for pregnant women suffering with opioid addiction, to provide networking opportunities and current information regarding services and scientific findings. The Perinatal Addiction Prevention Project (PAPP) has also established a 6 week smoking cessation curriculum for women in their child bearing years. The content is supportive and didactic. In conjunction with the consumer groups, Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) will be prescribed as needed by qualified health care professionals. PAPP also promotes the use of a prenatal screening tool, called 4Ps Plus, for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and domestic violence. The tool also offers appropriate intervention to address these maternal and fetal risk factors.
“Smoking Affects Your Baby” brochures are now available.
Smoking during pregnancy is identified as one of the greatest risk factors for premature birth and low birth weight. Exposure to 2nd and 3rd hand smoke also presents a risk for the pregnant woman and her baby. CJFHC has created a brochure to provide women and their families with the latest information on how smoking affects babies. It provides strategies to reduce smoke exposure and resources for nicotine addiction treatment.
Click English and Spanish to download brochures.
Perinatal Mood Disorders
Perinatal Mood Disorders PMD and PPD After Loss Education and Outreach is available to healthcare professionals in the Central Jersey Region.
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (CJFHC) Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD) Follow Up Program assists at risk women by providing phone follow-up that links them with support and treatment services including community and social service resources. Staff is also available to answer questions and provide education and information to women and family members about Perinatal Mood Disorders.
For information about PMD Education and the PMD Follow Up Program, contact Charlotte Feeney at 732-937-5437, ext. 179.
PMD Follow-Up Consent Form
PPD Materials Order Form
Professional and Continuing Education
CJFHC has developed a compendium of maternal and child health presentations for professionals that can be conducted on site at facilities in the Central NJ region. Nursing Contact Hours are offered for each topic.
Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (CFJHC) received a four year, $1.7 million Strong Start grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to improve pregnancy outcomes. CJFHC is serving as the convener to implement the CenteringPregnancy® Model in primarily the central region of New Jersey. NJ's Strong Start project will support enhanced prenatal centering group care for women at-risk for preterm birth enrolled in Medicaid. The initiative will significantly increase the number of women served in Centering with five new practice sites and expansion of at least four existing sites.
CJFHC is partnering with the New Jersey Primary Care Association (NJPCA), New Jersey State Medicaid Program: NJ Department of Human Services - Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS), the managed care health plans (United, Horizon, Amerigroup, and HealthFirst) serving the Medicaid population, NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) and nine (9) prenatal care providers.
CenteringPregnancy® is an evidence-based comprehensive yet flexible model of group prenatal care that integrates health and physical assessment, education and support into a cohesive program within a group setting. Groups of eight to twelve women with similar gestational ages meet together, learning care skills, participating in a facilitated discussion, and developing a support network with other group members. Each Centering group meets up to 10 times for 90 to 120 minute sessions during the prenatal and early postpartum period.