Quality Improvement and Communicable Disease Reporting
The Red Cliff reservation is approximately 1 mile wide and 14 miles long and is located at the top of the Bayfield Peninsula, on the shores of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. The reservation population is 924, primarily Native American. Red Cliff Community Health Center includes family practice, community health, dental, laboratory, pharmacy, and alcohol and other drug abuse services. Red Cliff Community Health Center started the accreditation process with a grant from Wisconsin’s Public Health Quality Initiative (WIQI). A team was developed to complete the public health self-assessment. From there, the team discovered that communicable disease reporting, along with other areas, was a weakness. The team applied for funding from the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) to develop a multidisciplinary, community-based approach to communicable disease reporting and surveillance for the Red Cliff community. First, the team developed an aim statement, which has been revised many times and has been fully accomplished. Five staff members have access and competency in reporting communicable diseases to the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), and the team is in the process of reporting its first case.
Elza, J. Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange. Quality Improvement and Communicable Disease Reporting. Mon, 10/05/2015 - 14:03. Available at https://www.phqix.org/content/quality-improvement-and-communicable-disease-reporting. Accessed May 27, 2018.