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About this IHI Virtual Expedition

There are many challenges when it comes to implementing effective learning strategies for large-scale improvement initiatives. For more than 25 years the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has faced and addressed these challenges, learning many lessons along the way.

This Virtual Expedition draws the experience of IHI staff, leaders, improvement advisors, and partners from around the world. It will provide participants with practical guidance and tools for running large-scale improvement projects based on proven ideas that work. 

Case studies will include participants from:

  • The Partnership for HIV Free Survival – A six country improvement initiative
  • Project JOINTS (Joining Organizations IN Tackling SSIs) – An initiative engaging hospitals across ten US states
  • A national initiative to reduce hospital-induced Infections in 120 public hospitals in Brazil
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded SCALE (Scaling Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation) Initiative – A national initiative engaging 18 communities in community-wide improvement efforts
  • And many more

Whether you’re planning an improvement initiative for a health system, city, state, or country, this virtual program will give you the theory, case studies, and structured guidance needed to successfully run large-scale improvement initiatives.

What you'll learn

At the end of the Expedition each participant will be able to:

  • Apply lessons and strategies from the experience of IHI and its partners
  • Use principles for gathering and sharing knowledge to create a strategy that will best set-up your improvement initiative for success
  • Create learning environments for the various programmatic activities of your initiative which are engaging, fun, and harvest knowledge
  • Immediately put tools, methods, and practical tips into practice in your setting

This IHI Virtual Expedition is approved for a total of 7.5 continuing education credits for nurses.


Session 1: Introduction and Leading with a Harvesting Lens & Setting a Strategy
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:00am–12:30 PM ET

Session 2: In-Person Group Activities and Experiences: Learning Sessions & Workshops
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 11:00am–12:30 PM ET

Session 3: Onsite Activities and Experiences: In-Person and Virtual Site Visits
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 11:00am–12:30 PM ET

Session 4: Virtual Activities and Experiences: Running Great Virtual Meetings and Calls
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 11:00am–12:30 PM ET

Session 5: Social and Digital Activities and Experiences: Written Communication, Video, and Social Media
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:00am–12:30 PM ET

Learn more about course Materials and Technology.​​


Kate DeBartolo Kate DeBartolo, Senior Director, IHI, oversees The Conversation Project, IHI’s public engagement initiative to ensure everyone’s wishes for end-of-life care are both expressed and respected. In addition to leading The Conversation Project team and operations, Ms. DeBartolo manages and cultivates relationships with national and state-level organizations that help engage the general public in end-of-life care initiatives. Since starting in July 2007, she has been involved in the 5 Million Lives Campaign, Improvement Map, Project JOINTS, and many of IHI’s other large-scale initiatives. Prior to joining IHI, Ms. DeBartolo worked as a grant analyst he California Endowment. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and currently lives in Washington DC.

Niñon Lewis Niñon Lewis, MS, Head of Content Portfolios, IHI, oversees IHI’s portfolios of aligned content, projects, and programs based on IHI customer needs throughout the world. In addition to this role, Ms. Lewis leads results-oriented initiatives and content development in the areas of population health, the Triple Aim, and community-wide improvement efforts, and serves on the leadership team for the 100 Million Healthier Lives Initiative. Throughout her time at IHI, she has led strategic initiatives such as the IHI Triple Aim Initiative and the Scotland Early Years Collaborative, overseen the former IHI Triple Aim for Populations portfolio, and led IHI’s New Business Development team. Prior to joining IHI in 2008, Ms. Lewis developed and implemented national direct-to-patient education programs, and managed a national initiative launched by the Office of the US Surgeon General in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics to identify community-driven solutions to the nation’s childhood obesity crisis.