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Applying Performance Measurement to Public Health Policy Activities

August 7, 2012

 

  The Public Health Foundation (PHF) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) have worked collaboratively to develop a new tool to help health departments assess and improve the performance of their policy activities. While other performance measurement and evaluation guides exist, this is...

 

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Strategic Practice Selection Exercise

June 29, 2012

 

​The Strategic Practice Selection Exercise is a data driven decision making exercise to show how health departments can use a strategic practice selection process to assess the availability, affordability, accessibility, and utility of potential interventions. The priority areas selected for this exercise...

 

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Key Ingredients in Public Health Quality Improvement

May 29, 2012

 

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...

 

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Quality Improvement Transforms Knox County Tennessee

November 17, 2011

 

​Knox County Health Department in Tennessee began using Quality Improvement (QI) tools and techniques to address asthma management in their local community. At the conclusion of an asthma management demonstration project, funded by AstraZeneca, Knox County administrators wanted to integrate QI into...

 

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Improving the Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System

June 27, 2011

 

The goal of this rapid cycle improvement (RCI) project was to streamline the reporting process of the Minnesota Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System to improve the content and quality of the data submitted and add more value for state and local stakeholders. RCI PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act)...

 

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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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Sedgwick County Health Department Storyboard - Lab Test Reporting Accuracy

April 4, 2011

 

The Quality Improvement (QI) Committee at the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) in Kansas identified lab test reporting accuracy as one of the eight improvement areas to address in an effort to develop a culture of QI at the agency.    SCHD lab personnel noticed for some time that the totals...

 

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Sedgwick County Health Department Storyboard - New Employee Orientation

April 4, 2011

 

The Quality Improvement Committee at the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) in Kansas identified revising the New Employee Orientation as one of the eight improvement areas to address in an effort to develop a culture of QI at the agency.   AIM Statement By December 1, 2010, 90% of SCHD sup...

 

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Sedgwick County Health Department Storyboard - WIC Wait Times

April 4, 2011

 

The Quality Improvement Committee at the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) in Kansas identified improving the wait time for the Women Infants and Children (WIC) clinic as one of the eight improvement areas to address in an effort to develop a culture of QI at the agency.   AIM StatementTo pro...

 

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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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