Patricia Finnerty, an expert in maternal and child health and continuous quality improvement (CQI), builds capacity to use CQI to dramatically improve outcomes for children and families. Drawing upon her deep knowledge of public health practice and the social determinants of health, she manages and provides CQI consultation on multiple national initiatives.  

Finnerty guides groups in using the Model for Improvement and Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series to strengthen services. She is an improvement advisor for EDC’s Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network and Home Visiting Performance Measurement and Continuous Quality Improvement Team.

Before joining EDC, as associate director of improvement at the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality, Finnerty built internal capacity for using CQI; coached and trained improvement teams, project officers, faculty, and others; and developed quality improvement training resources, including online courses.

Finnerty holds an MS, with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health, from the Harvard School of Public Health where she has served as a teaching fellow in CQI and child health.