Mary's Center maintains data on annual outcomes from our medical, social, and education programs. Our outcomes tracking ability dates to 2004, when a four-year capacity-building grant from Venture Philanthropy Partners gave us the opportunity to hire the staff and purchase the outcomes tracking software needed to gauge the efficacy of our social change model.
Mary's Center evaluates program outcomes in the context of our Continuous Quality Improvement plan. This plan, updated annually, specifies the measures we examine and actions we take to ensure quality.
As part of our Continuous Quality Improvement program, we track HEDIS measures for selected medical services. HEDIS refers to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, a tool developed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance that is used by most U.S. health plans to measure performance.
- Healthy birth weights. 94 percent of babies born to mothers enrolled in prenatal care at Mary's Center had healthy birth weights. This figure compares to 90 percent in D.C. and 92 percent nationally.
- Child and Adolescent Weight Counseling. Almost 63 percent of children and adolescents aged 3 through 17 who received care had their BMI calculated and were counseled on nutrition and physical activity. This figure compares to 39 percent of children at federally-qualified health centers nationally.
- Hypertension control. Over 66 percent of patients with hypertension who received care had their blood pressure under control as of their most recent visit; this compares to 46 percent nationally.
- Child immunizations. Over 64 percent of children receiving care at Mary's Center received the recommended childhood immunizations by age two. This compares to the 44 percent at federally-qualified health centers nationwide.
- Pap smears. Over 73 percent of women ages 24-64 who received care at Mary's Center had received a Pap test in the previous three years, a figure that compares to 58 percent at federally-qualified health centers nationwide.
Social Services Outcomes
- Teen pregnancy prevention. 100 percent of the teens who attended the after school program did not get pregnant
- High School Success. 100 of the teens in the after school program were promoted to the next grade level.
- College entry. Eleven of fourteen seniors (78.6%) who attended the after school program enrolled in college upon graduation.
- Reading with children. 91 percent of parents who complete the family literacy program reported reading with their children.
- Reading at home. 89 percent of parents increased the number of books in their home.
- Community involvement. 88 percent of parents participated in neighborhood, school, community and political advocacy work.
- Reaching employment goals. 83 percent of family literacy program participants with an employment goal obtained or retained employment.