Learning & Action Networks (LANs)

Recruiting Patients Subject Matter Experts (SME) and Stakeholders for Learning and Action Networks (LANs)

  • Background on Learning and Action Networks (LANs): IPRO End Stage Renal Disease Network of New England is seeking committed and informed beneficiary Subject Matter Experts (ESRD patients, family members and/or caregivers) and stakeholders (ESRD healthcare professionals and organizations) to help promote quality of care in New England.  A Learning and Action Network (LAN) is an improvement initiative that brings together healthcare professionals, patients and other stakeholders around an evidence-based agenda to achieve rapid, wide-scale improvement. LANs manage knowledge as a valuable resource. They engage leaders around an action-based agenda. LANs create opportunities for in-depth learning and problem solving. The LAN model includes collaborative projects, online interactions, conference calls and peer-to-peer education to facilitate shared commitment, energy, and knowledge that allows participants to learn from each other. These LANs will help to empower patients to create and educate the ESRD community on policies and best practices that affect patient care.

Join a Learning and Action Network!!

  • Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network (PFE LAN): The patient’s voice is an essential part of the activities of the Network and the renal community as a whole. The PFE LAN will be part advocacy, part outreach and part sharing of stories, to keep the Network, PFE LAN members and the ESRD Community informed on practices that influence dialysis care, and to inform the Network on how these policies are working at the patient level. The PFE LAN develops educational campaigns and quality improvement activities to educate ESRD patients and providers about patient and family engagement, the Quality Incentive Program (QIP) and the impact of new policies on patient care. A quarterly patient centered conference call is held to discuss best practices and methods for increasing patient involvement.  Please contact Kayla Abella, Community Outreach Coordinator, at kabella@nw1.esrd.net or 203-285-1223 to discuss joining the PFE LAN.
  • Healthcare Associated Infections Learning and Action Network (HAI LAN): The HAI LAN will develop projects and spread awareness of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) and the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) program. The LAN will include dialysis facility staff, patients, family members/care partners and ESRD stakeholders to collaborate for reducing bloodstream infections, identifying best practices and develop educational materials to educate the ESRD community.  Please contact Kristin Brickel, RN, MSN, MHA, CNN, Quality Improvement Director, at kbrickel@nw1.esrd.net or 203-285-1214 to discuss joining the HAI LAN.

We need individuals to be a part of these exciting projects. Please sign up, or recommend ESRD beneficiaries, to take part in these groups through attending conference calls, periodically reviewing educational materials and sharing experiences to help make care safer and patient centered. We want to promote the best possible health outcomes and education for those living with ESRD.