Spotlight on Public Health Improvement
|Public Health Accreditation: Rubber Stamp or Roadmap for Improvement|
The article explores how national public health accreditation can be a vehicle for local health departments to improve operating systems and better manage resources. It may be used by health departments interested in pursuing accreditation to leverage support for the process.
Save the Date: February 23 Webinar
|Webinar: Introducing Competencies and Resources for Performance Improvement Professionals|
Tues., Feb. 23, 4-5pm ET
This webinar will highlight PHF's work around the Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals.
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|Promoting Antibiotic Stewardship Tools and Resources among Health Departments|
Each year in the United States, antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect 2 million people[i]. To help address this issue, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) is working with the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support health department antibiotic stewardship and healthcare-associated infection (HAI) programs. PHF will be conducting a series of conversations with state and local health departments about their work in antibiotic stewardship and how they may be addressing HAIs. Learn more about the activities that PHF has planned to address HAIs in 2016.
[i]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013. 16 September 2013.
|Understanding Changes to the Accreditation Process|
In June 2015, the Board of Directors of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) adopted a new Guide to National Public Health Department Initial Accreditation. While the overall process for accreditation has not changed, there are several new and revised policies that health departments working toward accreditation need to understand. Most of these updates take effect today, February 1, 2016. Explore some of the noteworthy changes from PHAB and what they could mean for your health department.
|Developing, Sustaining, and Expanding Academic Health Departments|
Academic Health Department (AHD) Learning Community members Vicki Collie-Akers, PhD, MPH, Associate Director of Health Promotion Research, University of Kansas, and Louise Kent, MBA, ASQ CQIA, Planning Administrator, Northern Kentucky Health Department, highlighted successes of two AHD partnerships during the January 2016 webinar, Developing, Sustaining, and Expanding AHDs: Case Studies of Successful AHD Partnerships in Kansas and Kentucky. During this one hour webinar, the presenters discussed the AHD partnerships in which their organizations engage, describing the process for establishing their partnerships, benefits of academic/practice linkages, and lessons learned from participating in AHD partnerships. View the archive of this webinar and download the presentation slides to learn more.
Participants Selected for 2016 E-Learning Institute Fellowship
PHF, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thanks all those who submitted an application for the fourth E-Learning Institute Fellowship. A total of 250 instructional design and distance learning specialists applied to this year's program, and 12 applicants were selected to participate. See the announcement of accepted participants' health departments and organizations for the 2016 program.
|Shots at Pharmacies: A Growing Trend|
A new Georgia law allowing pharmacists to administer vaccines without a physician's prescription has already improved patient access to vaccine services in that state. This legislation helps to strengthen the "immunization neighborhood." What exactly is the neighborhood and how is this new approach working for Georgia? Read about this successful intervention to increase vaccination rates in Antoinette Barber's latest PHF Pulse Blog post.
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