Does your facility have CHAMPIONs?

Home Therapies Champion
Transplant Champion
Infection Prevention Coach

QIA Champions are staff members OR patients (Existing PAC Members, Peer Mentors, or enthusiastic new recruits) who volunteer to be leaders in QIA activities at your dialysis facility. (QIA Champion Tip Sheet PDF)

In 2020 there are several opportunities for QIA Champions to assist QIA leads in promoting QIA activities, and help to improve overall health at your dialysis facility. Champions exist so that the QIA lead at the facility can share the work, and engage more of the community in quality improvement and promoting optimal patient health.

QIA Champions are nominated by facility leadership and can tailor their activities to the needs of the facility.

They also can assist by:

  • Attending National Bi-Monthly QIA LAN calls for the facility and share what was heard with staff and patients,
  • Distributing the Network’s patient feedback form,
  • Leading QIA themed waiting room games, contests, and scavenger hunts,
  • Setting up lobby days, and
  • Helping to develop and design the facility’s Education Station(s).

Specific QIA Champion examples include all/any of the above and:

Home Therapies Champions: are available to discuss treatment options (HHD and PD) with patients and family members.

Transplant Champions: are available to discuss the transplant listing process, multi-listing, and overcoming barriers to transplant, with patients and family members.

Infection Prevention Coaches are available to discuss infection prevention (hand/access washing), can share their own experience with infection, and infection prevention, and can assist in hand hygiene audits.

You can order their free CHAMPION badge(s) from the Network here:

Patient and Healthcare Team

Network Quality Improvement Department

Jeanine Pilgrim, MPH, PMP, CPHQ, CHES, CPXP
Network Program Director
(516) 209-5365

Elena Balovlenkov, RN, BSN, MS
Quality Improvement Director

Anna Bennett
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Emergency Manager
(516) 209-5474