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Is Public Health Missing a Bountiful Feast? Taking on the Social Determinants of Health

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvement, PHF News, and Strategic Planningby Margie Beaudry

November 1, 2017

 

In October 2017, a colleague and I attended an outstanding meeting convened by the Root Cause Coalition in Louisville, KY. The group’s second annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health drew some 450 attendees from hospitals and health systems, health plans, social service agencies, and community-based...

 

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Community Chief Health Strategist: How Will We Get There?

Posted in: Community Development, and Infrastructureby Margie Beaudry

November 17, 2016

 

Are you looking to become the Community Chief Health Strategist? The Public Health Foundation (PHF) has the expertise to make this happen for you, and involve community partners working together toward shared goals. As the Community Chief Health Strategist, you will step forward to align stakeholders...

 

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Update on Responding to Zika

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvementby Margie Beaudry

October 25, 2016

 

Since our last blog post about Zika funding and response, Congress has allocated funding explicitely to support Zika prevention, surveillance, and preparedness. Health departments need to remain lean and effective in responding to the present and emerging risk of Zika and other vector-borne diseases,...

 

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Respond Now to the Threat of Zika

Posted in: Infrastructure, and Performance Management and Quality Improvementby Margie Beaudry

August 1, 2016

 

​Choose to Be Lean and Effective
We know that state and local health departments are not getting all the resources they need to respond to the present and emerging risk of Zika and other vector-borne diseases. With the limited resources available, it is imperative that agencies be effective and...

 

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Improving Access to Physical Activity: Taking on Health Disparities

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvement, and Strategic Planningby Margie Beaudry

July 22, 2016

 

Jessica Montana, MPH, CHES is the REACH Program Coordinator at the Cabarrus Health Alliance in Kannapolis, NC.   In Cabarrus County, NC, our public health and other community leaders understand that health disparities – often along racial and ethnic lines – are a genuine and formidable barrier to...

 

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Keep Your Engine Running Smoothly with a QI Tune-up

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvementby Margie Beaudry

February 2, 2016

 

We all know it is important to do scheduled maintenance on a car or truck. The same goes for physical check-ups and preventive care. We know. . .but it is easy to let things slide. We get busy, grow numb to minor performance declines, and forget that a small investment in prevention can save a lot of...

 

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Understanding Changes to the Accreditation Process

Posted in: Infrastructure, Performance Management and Quality Improvement, and Strategic Planningby Margie Beaudry

December 15, 2015

 

​Important Changes to PHAB 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 (Guide). While the overall process for accreditation has not changed, there are several new and revised...

 

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Helping Health Departments Create and Implement a PHAB Action Plan

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvementby Margie Beaudry

October 23, 2015

 

The Action Plan is a common step on the road to accreditation. Using quality improvement (QI) principles and tools, PHF can provide many types of support to help health departments needing Action Plans to achieve accreditation. This is just one of the ways that PHF supports accreditation preparation....

 

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A Tale of Three Cities on the Journey to Accreditation

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvementby Margie Beaudry

September 18, 2015

 

What do the health departments in Ann Arbor (MI), Missoula (MT), and New Orleans (LA) have in common? They each approached the Public Health Foundation (PHF) in 2012 on their journey to accreditation. They had unique needs, timelines, resources, and experiences. Yet each benefited from using the Plan-Do-Check-Act...

 

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Recapping a Year in the Field

Posted in: Data Analysis, Infrastructure, Performance Management and Quality Improvement, PHF News, Strategic Planning, and Workforce Developmentby Margie Beaudry

August 5, 2015

 

It has been a busy year for our Public Health Foundation (PHF) experts who deliver Performance Improvement (PI) Services in performance management, quality improvement (QI), and workforce development. They covered a lot of ground, providing customized on-site technical assistance (TA) and training in...

 

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