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Deep Inequities Exist in States’ Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies, 2017 Index Shows

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - An annual assessment of the nation’s day-to-day preparedness for managing community health emergencies improved slightly over the last year—though deep regional inequities remain. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released the results of the 2017 National Health Security Preparedness Index, which found the United States scored a 6.8 on a 10-point scale for preparedness—a 1.5 percent improvement over the last year, and a 6.3 percent improvement since the Index began four years ago. The Preparedness Index analyzes more than 130 measures—such as hazard planning in public schools, monitoring food and water safety, wireless 9-1-1 capabilities, flu vaccination rates, and numbers of paramedics and hospitals—to calculate a composite score that provides the most comprehensive picture of health security and preparedness available. For more information about the National Health Security Preparedness Index, or the Preparedness Innovator Challenge, visit

PHQIX Will Be at the Spring 2017 Open Forum!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - PHQIX will be at the NNPHI Spring 2017 Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Public Health on April 20 and 21 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Open Forum agenda is filled with sessions to advance your QI work.

Stop by the PHQIX booth, where you can learn how to get your QI work published and enter our raffle to win some great PHQIX prizes. We'll be registering new users and demonstrating the comprehensive and user-friendly search functions. At our PHQIX networking lunch on Thursday, April 20, you'll be able to meet your fellow PHQIX colleagues and learn more about how PHQIX can benefit you in your QI work. We hope to meet you next week!

NACCHO Webinar: Health Equity in Performance Improvement

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - The next National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) PI webinar, Health Equity in Performance Improvement, will occur on Thursday, April 13, 2017 1:00 PM EDT - 2:00 PM EDT. Please click here to register.

NACCHO's Health Equity in Performance Improvement webinar will feature strategies for incorporating health equity into health departments' internal and external performance improvement work. Two local health departments and partners will present on ways in which a commitment to health equity shapes their performance improvement work: one in community health assessment and improvement planning (CHA/CHIP) and one in quality improvement and performance management. Participants will learn how committing to the advancement of health equity can guide performance improvement efforts.

PHAB Awards National Accreditation to 16 Public Health Departments

Thursday, March 30, 2017Read about this exciting news from the Public Health Accreditation Board!

"Demonstrating the capacity to provide the highest quality of services to their communities, 16 more public health departments have been awarded national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This week's decisions bring another 4.5 million people into the growing circle of communities that can be assured their health departments are meeting rigorous national standards." Continue reading here.  

NICHQ Blog: How to Avoid Analysis Paralysis and Underplanning in PDSAs

Monday, March 20, 2017 Check out this new blog post from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality!

"While there's no single part of Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles that's more important than the others, planning is the foundation of the work. After all, the P comes first.

But that building block can be more of a stumbling block for many stakeholders in quality improvement (QI) efforts. In some cases, teams might suffer from analysis paralysis, and in others they might move ahead before truly mapping out what they want to test or expect to achieve. In either case, the improper planning sets the tenor for the rest of the cycle and can minimize learning." Continue reading here.

Spring 2017 Open Forum Scholarship Funds Available to PHQIX Submitters

Friday, March 10, 2017 - Submit By March 16th: PHQIX is pleased to announce the availability of funding to assist with travel and lodging costs for individuals planning to attend NNPHI's Spring 2017 Open Forum April 20th - 21st in New Orleans! To enter the drawing for a travel scholarship, please submit your name to by 5pm on Thursday, March 16th. To qualify, you must have previously submitted a QI initiative for publication on the PHQIX site. Scholarship winners will be notified via email on Monday, March 20th.

Last Week to Enter PHQIX Drawing!

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Submit a new QI initiative by Wednesday, March 1, 2017, to receive one of our great prizes! You must register on PHQIX to submit a QI initiative. By submitting your QI initiative on PHQIX, you will receive many benefits, including an American Medical Association-style citation on that you and others can reference. Your QI initiative can help inform similar initiatives being conducted by other PHQIX community members and can contribute to the evolving science of public health QI. You will also receive excellent feedback from our panel of QI experts. Click here to learn more about how to submit a QI initiative, and click here to submit a new QI initiative. E-mail us at if you have any questions or concerns.


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