Increasing Utitlization of Preventative Care Services for Children in Public Housing

Thumbnail Image
Beck, Mariah
Handley, Jordan
Niernberger, Sydni
Parker, Nicole
Washburn University
School of Nursing
Issue Date
Alternative Title
Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to work with Pine Ridge Prep preschool to improve access to primary care services for students and families residing in a public housing neighborhood in Topeka, Kansas. Methods: A quality improvement approach was utilized to assess if obtaining parent surveys and offering education regarding Pine Ridge Family Health Center (PRFHC) will help increase utilization of the clinic and increase completion rates for Pine Ridge Prep (PRP) students’ well child checks and vaccinations. Inclusion criteria encompassed all parents of students who are attending PRP between January 1, 2023, to December 1, 2023. Exclusion criteria included minors and individuals who do not have children attending PRP during the 2023 school year. Data analysis using descriptive statistics will assess the completion rates of surveys and if there was a change in perception of and likelihood to use the PRFHC from parents. Results: Our findings indicated low participation rates of survey completion and low utilization of PRFHC for healthcare services. Of the 117 surveys that were distributed, 17.1% were completed. 100% of parents who completed surveys reported that their child sees a pediatrician. 70% of survey responses reported never using PRFHC. 35% of survey responders reported they were “likely” or “very likely” to utilize the clinic for their family’s healthcare needs. Chart audits indicated that there was no increase in utilization of healthcare services for patients aged 3-5 years old after survey and toolkit distribution. Implications: From a quality perspective, this study emphasizes the impact of motivation as a barrier to obtaining survey data. Future studies would benefit from utilizing various qualitative data collection methods, such as focus-group discussions, interviews, and observation.