The Equity, Performance Improvement, and Change (EPIC) Committee is a member-led committee that provides guidance for the work of our learning health system (LHS). Its primary focus is to support meaningful quality improvement activities. EPIC works closely with the Research Advisory Council to choose research based on their potential to result in more equitable care. EPIC also supports clinical engagement in learning and quality improvement through a practice-based learning network (PBLN).
Drawing from the Model of Health and Wellbeing and our Evaluation Framework, the EPIC committee develops strategies, questions, and indicators for measuring the effectiveness of the LHS. EPIC promotes and guides the production of tailored reports and dashboard content, and provides high-level guidance for quality improvement work. For 2020-21, all aspects of the committee’s work plan have been revisited so that its activities relate more directly to learning and quality improvement (see box: “Epic in Action”).
EPIC is supported by the Alliance’s Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Jennifer Rayner. Dr. Rayner has a PhD in epidemiology from Western University and has a long history of working in the community primary healthcare sector. Prior to working for the Alliance, she was a data analyst at London Intercommunity Health Centre for 13 years and provided decision support to Ontario CHCs for 8 years.
Epic in Action
EPIC’s 2020-2021 work plan is focused on support for quality improvement and population needs-based planning. Here are a few examples: