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Excuses for Not Practicing Quality Improvement

January 4, 2013

 

This article, published by the Process Excellence Network, uses the "Five Whys" quality improvement tool to discover why people provide excuses for not practicing quality improvement. The Five Whys is one of 75 quality improvement tools in PHF's Public Health Quality Improvement Encyclopedia.     Additional...

 

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How to Focus Your Training and Professional Development Efforts to Improve the Skills of Your Public Health Organization: White Paper

April 10, 2012

 

​This white paper reports on a series of workshops on focusing limited training and professional development resources to build competence within the public health workforce. Using a quality improvement tool, the prioritization matrix, workshop participants determined the relative importance of the...

 

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Tracking EPHS to Improve Data Collection and Measure Accountability

May 24, 2011

 

The Jo Daviess County Board of Health (Board), in coordination with the Jo Daviess County Health Department, developed an electronic reporting system for the systematic collection and documentation of public health activities.  In March 2008, the Board completed a National Public Health Performance...

 

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Applications and Tools for Creating and Sustaining Healthy Teams

April 25, 2011

 

Published on the Public Health Foundation (PHF) website in April 2011, Applications and Tools for Creating and Sustaining Healthy Teams is designed as a guide to help organizations optimize the use of teams. Primarily a collection of papers and essays previously published elsewhere, this book is ideal...

 

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Modular kaizen: Dealing with Disruptions

March 15, 2011

 

Modular kaizen: Dealing with Disruptions aims to help health departments achieve quick improvements in disruptive environments. Modular kaizen is the creation of an improvement or redesign project planned along a timeline that recognizes the highly volatile nature of the public health organization’s...

 

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Using QI Skills in Daily Work

January 12, 2011

 

"Using QI Skills in Daily Work" was co-authored by PHF quality improvement consultants John W. Moran and Grace L. Duffy with Beth Pierson, Epidemiologist for Planning and Assessment at the Franklin County Board of Health in Ohio.  The article was published in the Quality Management Forum, a Peer-Reviewed...

 

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A Complete Quality System Requires a Complete Leader

December 14, 2010

 

At every organizational level a critical mass of leadership must be trained in the principles of quality, problem solving, teaming, and facilitation. Leadership must be able to lead and facilitate teams so that they can show they walk the talk and embrace the principles imbedded in a Complete Quality...

 

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JPHMP Special Issue on Quality Improvement (Jan/Feb 2010)

September 20, 2010

 

The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) January/February 2010 Special Edition on Quality Improvement features the Public Health Foundation's (PHF) QI Experts Les Beitsch, John W. Moran, and William Riley as guest editors as well as authors of articles such as “Quality Improvement...

 

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Ready, AIM, Problem Solve

September 14, 2010

 

Narrowing a problem statement to a discrete issue promotes a focus for effectively applying QI tools. A lack of focus on real issues can cause a loss of valuable problem-solving time. The October 2009 edition of the Quality Texas Foundation Update includes an article on this quality improvement process....

 

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TAPP into the PDCA Cycle

September 14, 2010

 

Written by PHF’s Senior Quality Advisor, John W. Moran, and quality improvement experts Grace Duffy and William Riley, this article in ASQ’s May 2009 Healthcare Update describes how to improve the management of public health processes through setting performance targets, measuring key quality characteristics,...

 

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