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Key Ingredients in Public Health Quality Improvement

Overview

The emphasis on quality improvement (QI) continues to intensify for public health departments. The growing focus on accreditation, along with realistic concerns about optimizing efficiency while positively impacting the public’s health, are fueling this interest. To support the efforts of health departments to successfully implement QI, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) has created a guide: Key Ingredients in Public Health QI. Based on peer-reviewed literature and PHF’s experience building QI capacity in health departments, this tool details factors that contribute to successful QI endeavors:
  •     Ensure clear QI vision
  •     Choose and pace QI initiatives wisely
  •     Maximize QI effectiveness
  •     Use the right QI tools
  •     Share QI insights and results
  •     Build QI cultural consciousness 
There is no one-size fits all approach to QI; to be effective this work requires thoughtful customization within specific contexts and good judgment in applying tools. That said, using the key ingredients described in this tool will improve a health department’s QI IQ, helping to demystify the process and make the journey easier.
 

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