Featured Practice: Rainbow Kids Clinic – Increased Weight Assessment and Nutrition Counseling

This week’s featured practice is from Rainbow Kids Clinic, where their young patients have the opportunity to participate in a 12 week Fit Kids Club to learn healthy lifestyle and general fitness skills. Through this homegrown program and TCPI’s assistance with data capture, Rainbow is more consistently incorporating nutrition counseling into patient care.

Rainbow Kids Clinic opened its doors in 1996 in Clarksville, Tennessee. As a primary care provider, Rainbow staff are committed to accompanying parents and families as they navigate their children’s healthcare journey. Rainbow provides services ranging from well child checkups to sports physicals, developmental, and behavioral health evaluations.

Childhood obesity rates continue to climb in the United States, threatening childrens’ ability to live a long and healthy life. As part of their efforts to offer weight management services, Rainbow operates a 12 week Fit Kids Club to patients with high BMIs. Children who qualify and whose parents consent are enrolled in the program, which includes baseline assessments under the care of a provider, nutritional guidance with a dietician, and a weekly exercise program. Follow up appointments are completed throughout a 9 month period.

Successful participation in the Rainbow Fit Kids Club relies on support from the entire family. Rainbow has multiple open lines of communication through which patients and families can provide feedback and recommend changes to their operations or procedures, such as surveys or social media.

The Rainbow Fit Kids Club continues to be a popular program among patients, but the practice was not properly capturing and reviewing data from the intervention. With the help of TCPI, they created new EHR templates to document ongoing weight assessments and nutrition counseling. When they started, this information was only being documented for 17% of patients. The practice has been steadily increasing this figure, now up to 42%. This process improvement is helping to ensure a comprehensive perspective on patients’ health is available for the care teams. You can read more about the Rainbow Fit Kids Club and their full improvement story here

The views expressed in this story are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of Rainbow Kids Clinic. Additionally, this work was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, under grant number 1CMS331549-03-00. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.