AYA-BH CoIIN Public Health Arm

Project Measure

Achieve an 80% screening rate of patients ages 12-25 for a major depressive episode using an age-appropriate standardized tool with documentation of a follow-up plan if the screen is positive.


PDSA Cycles: State public health team leads submit data monthly to capture their progress in identifying and addressing opportunities to improve state- and system-level policies and practices related to adolescent & young adult mental health. Change ideas will be tested with a quality improvement approach. Progress will be recorded using a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle reporting form in LifeQI.  PDSA reports are due the 1st of the month (if the 1st falls on a weekend, the updates are due the following Monday). These function as progress reports.  You can view the example PDSA or contact your CoIIN champion for support.

State Capacity Assessment: State public health team leads submit state capacity assessments every six months to capture policy and procedural changes in the following areas:

  • Statewide Commitment
  • Partnerships
  • Leveraging Existing Initiatives
  • Augmenting MCH Capacity and Strategies
  • Assessment, Measurement, and Monitoring

State capacity assessments will be completed and entered in LifeQI every six months (See CoIIN Calendar for due dates). These assessments should be completed with as much input from the full state public health team as possible; however, only the team lead needs to submit the completed assessment in LifeQI.


Data Collection System

State team leads will be responsible for entering their PDSA cycles and state capacity assessments within their project pages on the LifeQI platform. An orientation to LifeQI can be accessed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76uTLZW8bTc. Clinical-level outcome data from the clinical arm of the CoIIN will also be available to state public health teams within LifeQI.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (under #U45MC27709, Adolescent and Young Adult Health Capacity Building Program). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.