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Back to Basics: Agency QI Plans

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Agency QI Plans describe the quality improvement strategies and activities of an organization. This plan is guided by a health department's vision, mission, strategic plan, and health improvement plan, along with being a requirement for accreditation. Whether your agency is just embarking on its QI journey or already has a QI Plan in place, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials' QI Plan Toolkit is an excellent resource for developing, evaluating, and sustaining your QI Plan. PHQIX also has several examples of QI Plans from state and local health departments across the U.S.

Improving the National Health Security Preparedness Index

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - To continuously improve the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI), measures are added and retired each year to reflect both expansions in scientific knowledge about preparedness capabilities and changes in available data sources and measures. Please submit your suggestions to add, modify or delete measures by August 31, 2017. Learn more here.

APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Join APHA for their annual meeting & expo, Nov. 4-8 in Atlanta, GA. This year's theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health." Be an early bird and register by August 10th to save up to $115! Register here.

CDC Releases Advancing Public Health: The Story of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - CDC has released Advancing Public Health: The Story of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative, a compendium describing how public health departments used National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII) funding. One of NPHII's major objectives and activities was to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness through QI activities, such as the use of QI projects to improve process time or increase customer satisfaction. As noted in the report, 86% of agencies increase efficiency and/or effectiveness of a program, operation or service through QI projects.

NICHQ QI Tips: 10 Tips and Rules for Using Run Charts

Tuesday, July 11, 2017Check out this article from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) with 10 tips and rules for using run charts.

"At NICHQ, we're obsessed with run charts. Why? Because they are easy to construct and interpret and an elegant way to display data that makes performance visually legible. At a quick glance, you can determine whether the changes you make result in improvement, and even further, if those improvements are being sustained. (We primarily use run charts to answer the second question in the Model for Improvement: 'How will we know that change is an improvement?')" Click here to continue reading.

Register for NACCHO Annual 2017!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - Start making your plans now to attend NACCHO Annual 2017 from July 11 to 13 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. NACCHO Annual is a one-of-a-kind learning and networking opportunity for local health officials and their public health partners from all geographic regions of the nation to share perspectives and engage in dialogue on common key public health practice issues, including performance management and quality improvement. Click here to see the agenda, and click here to register. 

NICHQ: How to Avoid the Most Common Pitfalls in Planning PDSA Cycles

Friday, June 23, 2017 -  Check out this recent blog post from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality, How to Avoid the Most Common Pitfalls in Planning PDSA Cycles. "The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles are literally learning processes. Every cycle is a test of a change idea to learn if the change will bring about improvement. Sequential test results provide learning, insights, and feedback to inform your next test. After nearly 20 years of guiding teams in constructing PDSA cycles we've identified three common pitfalls. The good news is you can easily avoid them." Continue reading here.


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