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Stuck in a Rut? Take a Look Through the Nine Windows

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvementby Sonja Armbruster

March 19, 2015

 

Sonja Armbruster, MA works for Wichita State University’s Center for Community Support and Research. She is a Quality Improvement Expert for the Public Health Foundation.   The definition of insanity—“doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”—is so common it is considered...

 

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Charting a New Way Forward: Washoe County’s Experience with a Fundamental Review of the Health District

Posted in: Infrastructure, Performance Management and Quality Improvement, and Strategic Planning

December 16, 2014

 

Kevin Dick is the Washoe County District Health Officer in Reno, Nevada.   In April 2013, I was appointed interim Health Officer of the Washoe County Health District. The Health District, like many, was experiencing years of declining revenue and deficit spending. Our position was unsustainable and,...

 

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How Do We Instill a Culture of Quality Improvement in Our Organization?

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvement

October 3, 2014

 

John W. Moran, PhD is a Senior Quality Advisor to the Public Health Foundation (PHF), a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health in the Division of Health Policy and Management, and faculty member of the CDC/IHI Antibiotic Stewardship project 2011-2012. He also serves as...

 

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From Paper to Practice: Seeking Opportunities to Pilot New Oral Health Driver Diagram

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvementby Micaela Kirshy

August 15, 2014

 

In September 2013, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) funded the Public Health Foundation (PHF) to develop the Population Health Driver Diagram to Increase Use of Oral Health Care in an effort to address the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicator, “Increase the proportion...

 

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My Lifesaving Accreditation Tool

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvement, Strategic Planning, and Workforce Development

January 31, 2014

 

​Alicia Plati, MPH, MBA is Director of Planning & Development for the Oklahoma City-County Health Department    Almost nothing is exciting about preparing for accreditation. So why am I excited? Because I love finding or creating tools that are both incredibly effective and remarkably simple.    Preparing...

 

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New Funding Opportunity for Local Health Department Accreditation Preparation Support from NACCHO

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvement, TRAIN, and Workforce Developmentby Margie Beaudry

October 30, 2013

 

With funding from the CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local, & Territorial Support, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently announced a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) to engage in accreditation readiness activities. The 2013–2014 Accreditation...

 

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Together We Can Use The Community Guide!

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvement

February 5, 2013

 

Mary Kushion, MSA is the Health Officer of the Central Michigan District Health Department; a six-county district health department which includes the counties of Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola and Roscommon.    It has almost been a year since the Central Michigan District Health Department...

 

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Using Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase Employee Cancer Screening Rates

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvement

November 13, 2012

 

Anna Notier is the Cancer Policy Consultant for the Michigan Department of Community Health Cancer Prevention and Control Section. She also serves as staff support for the Michigan Cancer Consortium.
  In public health, we continuously strive to identify and successfully implement best practices...

 

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Highlights from Immunization Strategies: Using the Evidence and What Works to Improve Practice

Posted in: Workforce Development

August 22, 2012

 

Moderated Discussion with Hugh Tilson, MD, DrPH   Questions and Answers with Ray Strikas, MD, MPH, Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and Lucy Wells, Quality Manager, MAOM, DHAc, Duval County Health Department, Florida   Thank...

 

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Getting Started with Quality Improvement: Questions and Answers about the District of Columbia Department of Health Experience

Posted in: Performance Management and Quality Improvement

July 27, 2012

 

​The National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII), funded through the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act, has allowed the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC DOH) and 73 other state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to make fundamental changes...

 

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