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Tackling Healthcare Associated Infections Through QI

October 22, 2013

 

  When staff in the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CDPH) recognized a rise in the state’s Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) rates, they addressed the issue using a collaborative approach at regional long-term care (LTC) facilities. To strengthen results, the health department built quality...

 

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Public Health and Healthcare Collaborate to Reduce Maine’s Antibiotic Resistant Infections

October 22, 2013

 

  In response to an increase in reported outbreaks of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in facilities and pockets within facilities, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) began participating as a pilot site in the Public Health Foundation’s (PHF's) Antibiotic Stewardship...

 

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Using a Driver Diagram to Target Optimal Antibiotic Use in Independence, MO

August 22, 2013

 

​In 2012, the Independence Health Department (Independence, Missouri) began participating in an Antibiotic Stewardship Program organized by the Public Health Foundation (PHF). Promoting optimal antibiotic use through both the public health and healthcare systems, PHF’s Public Health Antibiotic Stewardship...

 

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WalkWorks: A Model for Implementing Recommendations From The Community Guide

May 20, 2013

 

  Community Guide Use
The University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Practice in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health used recommendations from The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) to implement WalkWorks, a community-wide effort to increase...

 

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Performance Management Applications in Public Health

July 2, 2012

 

As part of the Turning Point Performance Management Refresh activity and the development of the Performance Management Toolkit, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) compiled examples of performance management applications in public health. These one-page overviews demonstrate how health departments have...

 

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National Public Health Improvement Initiative Quality Improvement Stories

June 29, 2012

 

The National Public Health Improvement Initiative, funded through the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act, has provided the opportunity for state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to receive technical assistance from the Public Health Foundation and other national...

 

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Improving STD Clinic Efficiency Video

June 8, 2012

 

South Carolina residents had high rates of Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STD), long wait-times in the clinic, and a lack of nursing staff to meet the demand for services. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control staff decided that there had to be a better way to improve access...

 

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NPHPS Story From the Field: Florida Department of Health

May 31, 2012

 

The Florida Department of Health utilized results from the National Public Health Performance Standards (NPHPS) state public health system assessment to support its activities in developing a new State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). The Florida Department of Health self-rated its activities related...

 

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NPHPS Story From the Field: Cherokee Nation

May 31, 2012

 

Cherokee Nation used the combined results from the National Public Health Performance Standards (NPHPS) state public health system assessment and tribal public health assessment to guide its public health activities and initiatives. Based on the assessment results, they found they wanted to improve...

 

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Making AIM Statements More Robust

April 19, 2012

 

Quality improvement teams should begin their improvement efforts by creating an AIM statement that defines the problem and the goals. PHF’s Senior Quality Advisor Jack Moran and Maine Department of Health and Human Service’s Performance Improvement Manager Brynn Riley wrote an article detailing the...

 

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