State Technical Assistance Webinar 4 - March 21, 2024: QI 101: Establishing SMARTIE Aims

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 March 21, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET was the State Technical Assistance Webinar (STAW), SMART Aims are great, but SMARTIE Aims are even better!, the first in a series of QI 101 topics. Though we would like you to join us for the entire series, each STAW is a complete event. 

During the March STAW, we focused on developing SMARTIE (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timebound, Inclusive, Equitable) aims for states and jurisdictions to prepare for their upcoming state action plans.  Participants came ready to share their aims and to workshop them into SMARTIE aims.


Christine Silva, MPH (she/her), is an Epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As the Director of the Massachusetts Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, Ms. Silva is responsible for all operational aspects of Massachusetts MIECHV including program operations, implementation, and adherence to federal grant and reporting requirements. She previously served as the program epidemiologist responsible for conducting analyses for the purposes of program monitoring and development, quality improvement, and evaluation of MIECHV. Ms. Silva is charged with demonstrating program effectiveness and measuring the impact of services for statewide evidence-based home visiting models. Ms. Silva received a B.A from Boston University and an MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Maria Katradis, PhD, (she/her) Children’s Safety Network: Maria is a training and technical assistance specialist for the Children’s Safety Network at Education Development Center (EDC) and is a co-manager of the Child Safety Learning Collaborative. She is the content specialist for suicide and self-harm prevention and poisoning prevention. She manages and analyzes data, provides training and technical assistance, and presents on topics such as quality improvement and evidence-based and evidence informed strategies for child and adolescent injury and violence prevention. She utilizes both qualitative and quantitative research methods to help states develop a clearer picture of where they are in their quality improvement process. At EDC, Maria is also the co-chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee.