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. Almost 94 percent of babies born to mothers enrolled in prenatal care at Mary's Center had healthy birth weights. This figure compares to 87 percent in D.C. and 90 percent nationally.
- Child immunizations. 74 percent of children receiving care at Mary's Center received the recommended childhood immunizations by age two. This compares to the national rate of 67 percent.
- Pap smears. Over 81 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 75 percent nationally.
- Hypertension control. Almost 64 percent of patients with hypertension who received care had their blood pressure under control as of their most recent visit; this compares to 55 percent nationally.
- Diabetes control. Over 63 percent of patients with diabetes who received care had their HbA1c controlled as of their most recent visit; this compares to 55 percent nationally.
Social Services Outcomes
- Teen pregnancy prevention. Nearly 100 percent of our teen program participants prevented a second pregnancy within two years. Nationally, that rate for teen mothers is about 75 percent.
- High School Success. Of the 65 teens in the after school program, 100% were promoted to the next grade level.
- College entry. More than 83 percent of teens we regularly monitor entered college.
- Reading with children. More than 96 percent of parents who complete the family literacy program reported reading with their children.
- Reading at home. Over 88 percent of parents in the family literacy program increased the number of books in their home.
- Community involvement. Over 84 percent of parents in the family literacy program participated in neighborhood, school, community and political advocacy work.
- Reaching employment goals. Over 73 percent of family literacy program participants with an employment goal obtained or retained employment.