Read these stories of how three health departments improved their drinking water programs:
Using a variety of quality improvement (QI) methods and tools, PHF is assisting health departments to:
- Establish metrics
- Create and improve evaluation plans
- Identify and align project implementation activities
- Select community partners
- Form, assess, and improve team performance
- Conduct process and outcome evaluations
- Determine how and when to work with other performance improvement and accreditation colleagues
Health department drinking water programs are being provided with on-site and remote technical assistance from PHF and tools such as the Public Health Quality Improvement Encyclopedia. These sites are using Force Field Analysis, AIM Statements, Gantt Charts, the Bow Tie Diagram, and Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) to evaluate progress and achieve measureable improvements. Each health department has already developed a logic model (see example) based on the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards. QI methods and tools have proven useful in prioritizing lists of contaminants, improving testing and laboratory processes, evaluating customer experience, and developing flowcharts and guidelines for programs.
“Since engaging with PHF, AIM Statements and quality improvement is incorporated into all of our environmental health programs”
- County Health Department
For more information about this initiative or PHF’s work in environmental health, contact Vanessa Lamers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 218-4412.
Additional QI work with CDC
PHF has provided QI assistance to 15 health department vector control programs via CDC as part of the Vector Control Program Performance Assessment and Improvement Initiative and the Vector Control Population Health Driver Diagram Project.