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Awards Descriptions

What do we mean by implementation?

“Implementation in this second sense involves the programs and activities that take guidelines out of the rather abstract phase of development and into the actual world of health care decision making and action.” 1

For the purposes of awards for self-reporting your implementation project the term “implementation” can be understood to mean; use of a guideline in part or full in the course of clinical practice, health care contracting, policy making, educational programs, or other health care related activities; and/or use of guidelines to fulfill the elements of an initiative, regulation, or requirements.

Rational and description

The aim of these awards is to highlight and celebrate quality work being done by many different organizations.

Being Considered for Awards

Any organization can be considered for an award.

Types of awards

The Pathfinder awards are given automatically. They are intended to celebrate progress on implementation projects.  There are three levels of awards for completion of the checklists for each level of implementation – Path Finder Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.

The Trailblazer award is given in recognition for having implemented guidelines or having processes that have strong fidelity with Bree reports.

The Mountain Climber award is given for exemplary implementation efforts that focus on the Bree pillars of transformation, i.e. equity, data exchange and transparency, person-centered care, cost/financing or ROI. Each year will will focus on one of these pillars. Multiple awards are given out annually and any organization receiving a Trail Blazer award is automatically eligible to submit a form to be considered for the Mountain Climber award.

The Path Finder awards are based on the submission of the Bree Collaborative checklists for each report and supporting documentation. There are three levels of awards for completion of the checklists for each level of implementation – Path Finder Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.

Checklists can be found HERE (coming soon)

Checklist submission can be done via email to bree@qualityhealth.org or via the Submission Portal tab below.

Recipients of the Pathfinder awards are acknowledged with:

  • pins for staff directly involved in the implementation of the guidelines to celebrate their role as champions
  • award logos to display on your website, social media, and other communications to advertise your work on best practices to patients and health care partners

Pathfinder Award criteria

  • Submission of proof of completion of level 1, 2, or 3 checklist
  • Optional submission of supporting documentation

The Trail Blazer award is given for each report in recognition for having implemented guidelines or having processes that have fidelity with Bree guidelines. Fidelity is determined by filling out the “score card”, available in the link on Submission Portal tab below. Anyone submitting self-report data to the Bree Collaborative who receives an average implementation score of 2.00 or greater for a specific report will automatically receive an award. We inform each submitter by email.

Recipients of the Trailblazer Award will receive:

  • Award Certificate to display
  • Recognition on the Bree Collaborative website and in blog posts
  • Recognition at our annual conferences
  • Award logos to display on your website, social media, and other communications to advertise your work on best practices to patients and health care partners
  • Invitation to apply for our highest award – the Mountain Climber Award

Trail Blazer Award criteria

  • Submission of self-report form, supporting documentation, and average score of 2.00 for fidelity with Bree Guidelines.

The format is an excel workbook which contains sheets for each guideline. To complete reporting, choose the relevant report topic (for example, LGBTQ care, Colorectal Cancer Screening, etc.) and fill out the items and metrics for each instance of implementation your organization. Each instance can mean by department, by delivery site or for the entire organization if you are using the reports to inform care throughout your organization.

You can request a form to submit for the Trail Blazer by emailing knicholas@qualityhealth.org. Once it is filled out you can attach it, along with other supporting documents in the submission form below.

The Mountain Climber award is an annual award given by the Foundation for Health Care Quality for exemplary examples of quality care that focus on equity.

Receiving a trailblazer award is one path to being nominated for the Mountain Climber award. Trailblazer award recipients will receive an email with a form to provide further information (supplemental data) about how your work forwards equity in your organization.

For  more information on the award or other ways to be nominated, please see our Health Equity Page (ADD LINK)

Awards Application Process

The Foundation for Health Care Quality, through the Bree Collaborative, develops collaborative guidelines to help health system stakeholders chart their paths of transformation towards achieving improved quality, reduction in variation in care and health equity. The Bree Collaborative applauds clinics, hospitals, systems, health plans and other care providers that prioritize the elimination of structural and process barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Any organization that is identified as an “audience” (clinician, health system, health plan, etc.) can submit a checklist attestation of implementation of the Bree Collaborative guidelines for a Pathfinder Award. To learn more about the criteria, please see the Pathfinder tab above.

Organizations wishing to be considered for a Trailblazer Award can submit a score card attestation. To learn more about the criteria, please see the Trailblazer Award tab above.

Where can I find Checklists?

Check lists for each of the Bree reports can be found in the Bree Collaborative Implementation Guide (link coming soon). Each report has three levels of checklists, starting with internal activities and increasing towards activities that require collaboration outside of an organization or increased capacity.

What kind of support documentation should be included?

Supporting documentation may include links in the score card to webpages or documents, examples of policies, procedures, workflows, patient information, quality metrics data, or other items that demonstrate ways to operationalize guideline recommendations.

Who should be involved in filling out the score cards?

Depending on the report topics you may consider convening a team to answer specific items on the score card. Examples of some positions you may consider are:

  • Quality Improvement Director
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Chief Data Officer
  • Chief Nursing Officer or Chief Medical Officer
  • Patient Advocate and Community Engagement Lead
  • Chief Population Health Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Clinicians or clinical support staff

Pathfinder Award

  • Application open: year round
  • Award Notifications: year round, on review of submission

Trail Blazer Awards

  • Application open: year round
  • Award Notifications: Bi-annually, April and October

Mountain Climber Awards

  • Application open: year round
  • Application deadline: December 31st
  • Award Notification: Annually, April

    If you have any questions, please contact knicholas@qualityhealth.org or bree@qualityhealth.org.

      If you have any questions, please contact knicholas@qualityhealth.org or bree@qualityhealth.org.

        If you have any questions, please contact knicholas@qualityhealth.org or bree@qualityhealth.org.