A learning collaborative is a learning and innovation community that links a variety of organizations together to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within a specific topic area, in this case, physician practices. The Mackinac Learning Collaborative (MLC) began in 2009 following the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) model of improvement, which tests changes on a small scale using Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles, and is focused on transformation to a more patient-centric approach in primary care physician practices and residency programs.
The theme of the MLC changes each year, and past focus areas have included care management, transitions in care, pediatric obesity and integrating behavioral health into primary care. Regardless of the topic, the overarching aim of the Mackinac Learning Collaborative is to transform how patients receive more efficient, effective and value-added care management from an empowered, collaborative care team. The MLC participant group is comprised of practice teams that provide primary care across the Detroit metropolitan area in both urban and suburban settings. Additionally, there are participant teams associated with primary care residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and geriatrics from the Wayne State University School of Medicine.