From 2013-2018, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) and the Public Health Foundation (PHF) collaborated on a performance improvement initiative to assist 14 local health departments to increase their vector control programs' efficiency, effectiveness, and capacity. The 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services
were used by the health departments throughout this initiative as a framework for assessing and improving vector control program performance. To assess the current status of their vector control programs, the health departments used the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards and Program Self-Assessment Instrument
. Following the self-assessment, each agency prioritized its performance improvement and capacity needs, and took action to address an identified area of need. PHF
assisted the health departments in using a variety of QI methods and tools
as they worked towards achieving measurable improvements. Through their participation in the Vector Control Performance Assessment and Improvement Initiative, each health department accomplished something that they would not have accomplished otherwise
PHF also developed a Vector Control Population Health Driver Diagram
that was used as a tool by the health departments as they considered strategies for their performance improvement activities. PHF provided technical assistance, coaching, and mentoring, assisted with communications and data analysis, and supported health departments in testing new and innovative ideas and engaging community partners to increase capacity.