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Starting and Sustaining a Complete Quality System

August 15, 2012

 

Organizations must continuously improve or become obsolete. This effort requires constant monitoring of the environment, market place, customers, stakeholders, and employees to detect any shift in priorities. The organization must anticipate these shifts to keep their stakeholders satisfied. When changes...

 

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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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Quality Improvement Is Not Just For Problems: Success and Effect Diagram

June 24, 2011

 

  Quality Improvement tools and techniques have been used extensively for solving problems in organizations. The authors of the ASQ Newsletter article Quality Improvement is Not Just for Problems: Success and Effect Diagram propose using those same methods to analyze successful processes. Understanding...

 

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A Lean Day in the Tulsa Health Department White Paper

April 13, 2011

 

With assistance from PHF, the Tulsa Health Department Quality Improvement Council (QIC) conducted a Lean event in three of its facilities with the objective of beautification of the environment and creating efficiency for the customer.  Lean is a process management philosophy that helps optimize the...

 

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Quality Improvement Success in Kansas with H1N1 and Social Distancing

April 11, 2011

 

In the summer of 2009, Kansas Department of Health and Environment QI teams used flowcharting to create a new information alert system. The QI team identified three major channels for information. The teams subsequently used their new flowcharting skills to design isolation activities for infected individuals...

 

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Quality Improvement Success in Orange County, Florida with Documentation Cycle Time

April 11, 2011

 

The Orange County Health Department Division of Environmental Health in Florida chartered a QI team to improve customer satisfaction with the speed and accuracy of Septic System Permitting. Measurement of operations indicated that the causes for delay in issuing permits were uninformed contractors,...

 

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Quality Improvement Success in Orange County, Florida with Operational Efficiency

April 11, 2011

 

The Orange County Health Department in Florida chartered a QI team to reduce total time for administering child immunizations. With assistance from Grace Duffy, the QI team identified a number of disruptions to the process, including times when patients’ families were waiting to be interviewed and for...

 

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Quality Improvement Success in Orange County, Florida with Early Syphilis Detection

April 11, 2011

 

Between 2004 and 2005, the Orange County Health Department (OCHD) in Florida experienced a 45% increase in new early syphilis cases in its jurisdiction, from 136 cases to 195 cases per year. Surveillance data also showed significant increases in early syphilis over the previous four years. If not controlled,...

 

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Quality Improvement Success in Saginaw County, Michigan with Assessment Training

April 11, 2011

 

The Saginaw County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) in Michigan used quality improvement (QI) to pilot a community self-assessment training program. SCDPH included community partners in the QI event to create more efficient channels of communication with critical faith-based and other non-governmental...

 

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Developing Solutions to the Challenges Public Health Organizations Face in 2011

January 4, 2011

 

Ron Bialek and John W. (Jack) Moran of PHF worked with Jennifer McKeever of the National Network of Public Health Institutes to present "Developing Solutions to the Challenges Public Health Organizations Face in 2011:  Using Tree Diagrams and Prioritization Matrix of the Advanced Tools of QI"  at the...

 

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