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Resources from PHF’s Online Store Help to Reduce the Spread of Antibiotic Resistant Infections

July 17, 2014

 

Promoting Appropriate Antibiotic UseImproper use of antibiotics can cause drug-resistant bacteria, and could even lead to death. Every year, 2 million people in the United States acquire antibiotic resistant infections. To help fight this pressing public health problem, the Public Health Foundation...

 

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Nine Pillars to Support Public Health Quality Improvement Adoption

July 14, 2014

 

Delivering ​​the highest quality and most effective public health services,the highest quality and most effective public health services starts with developing a quality improvement (QI) mindset throughout the organization. Once this mindset is ingrained in the organization, all actions support the...

 

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Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

June 29, 2014

 

The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) are a consensus set of skills for the broad practice of public health, as defined by the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages),...

 

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Mistake Proofing

June 27, 2014

 

​Defects emerge because of errors – invariably human errors. To “mistake proof” is to reduce the likelihood of something going wrong which would result in an error. Mistake Proofing, sometimes called “poka-yoke”, was developed by Shigeo Shingo  in the 1960s for use in industrial processes to prevent...

 

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PICK Chart

June 27, 2014

 

 Where do we begin? This is often the question when improvement teams must choose a project from among several worthy candidates for process improvement. A PICK chart is used to rank projects by considering their level of difficulty (amount of scarce resources required) and the level of payoff (the...

 

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Performance Management Toolkit

June 19, 2014

 

  Performance management is a systematic process that helps an organization achieve its mission and strategic goals. The Public Health Foundation (PHF) produces and provides resources and tools, including case stories, white papers, and customized technical assistance, that can help individuals and...

 

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Houston Uses QI to Improve PHAB Documentation

June 16, 2014

 

As a grantee in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII), the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) provided quality improvement (QI) training to employees in the department using the Public Health Foundation (PHF) Train-the-Trainer...

 

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Population Health Driver Diagram to Increase Use of Oral Health Care

May 28, 2014

 

  With funding from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) led an effort to develop a Population Health Driver Diagram to Increase Use of Oral Health Care. A population health driver diagram identifies...

 

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Team Member Selection Tool

April 21, 2014

 

​The success of any quality improvement (QI) endeavor depends on the team working on it. It is not the number of people, but rather how well they function and work together, that makes a team successful. QI team members must respect each other, and share common goals, vision, agendas, and timelines...

 

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SCAMPER Technique Tool

April 21, 2014

 

The SCAMPER Technique is a process improvement tool that helps teams improve existing processes or create new ones. Introduced in Michael Michalko’s book Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques, the SCAMPER Technique is presented here as a supplement to the Public Health Foundation’s...

 

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