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NACCHO's Accreditation Preparation & Quality Improvement E-Newsletter 
February 2011
Vol. 19
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Welcome to the latest edition of accreditNATION, NACCHO's periodic Accreditation Preparation & Quality Improvement E-Newsletter. Topics in this issue include: 


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article1Accreditation Spotlight: PHAB Call for Input: Planning Survey

PHAB 2010The Public Health Accreditation Board's (PHAB's) Fee Development Committee requests input from health departments that will assist them greatly in workload planning. The survey is meant to provide current information that will advise the immediate planning for PHAB, including the development of the fee structure for accreditation. Respondents will not be obligated to PHAB in any way based on this survey. PHAB needs the name and size of responding health departments simply for planning purposes related to the categorization.


The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. The information will not be shared beyond the PHAB Board and staff. Please provide best estimates in responses as there is no penalty now or later if information changes.


The survey is available here and will only be open until February 28, 2011, so please complete it at your earliest convenience. Contact PHAB with questions at

Article2QI Spotlight: Building a QI Culture at a Local Health Department

tape measureA recent NACCHO webinar, entitled "Building a QI Culture at a Local Health Department," featured the efforts of the Sedgwick County Health Department (KS).  The local health official and two staff members who lead their quality improvement (QI) efforts provided insight into:

  • building an organizational culture that embraces QI
  • the importance of integrating QI into organizational culture
  • the development of a QI plan and using it to guide efforts throughout the agency
  • movement from discrete QI initiatives to the adoption of organization-wide QI
  • challenges, strategies for success and measures of success for achieving a culture of QI within an LHD.

NACCHO has posted Sedgwick County's QI Plan, QI Policy and RFP for a QI Consultant on their accreditation preparation and QI website. The archived recording of this webinar, along with a document answering questions that arose, can be viewed here along with recordings of NACCHO's other previous webinars. Please contact Lowrie Ward at or (202) 507-4196 with any questions.

Article3Prerequisite Spotlight: Community Health Assessment Webinars

PRC, a healthcare marketing research organization, hosted a webinar series recently describing various local experiences with community health assessments. From the perspective of an LHD, a hospital, and other community organizations, these webinars explain how communities conduct health assessments and use the results to partner with local agencies to address community needs. The webinars are available online here. Contact Bruce Lockwood, PRC's Community Health Director, with questions at or 800-428-7455.

Article4Get Involved: Join NACCHO's QI Leaders Community

NACCHO convenes a network of QI leaders in LHDs, and invites individuals to join who are either designated as the lead for QI, or have informally accepted this role. The purpose of the network is to provide a forum for peer exchange, and also to enhance NACCHO's understanding of QI activities in LHDs. NACCHO has a formal e-mail distribution list to facilitate communication among participants, and also holds periodic conference calls and webinars for the QI leaders. If you are interested in joining this group, contact Grace Gorenflo at or (202) 507-4219.

Article5NACCHO Needs Your Input: Applying QI to Change Management 

LHDs are faced with the challenge of accomplishing more with less as financial resources continue to decline. NACCHO is collecting ways in which LHDs are using QI methods to manage organizational changes resulting from budget cuts. If your LHD has applied QI concepts, tools and techniques to this end and you are would be willing to share your story, please contact Grace Gorenflo at or (202) 507-4219.

Article6Upcoming Training Opportunity: NPHPSP and MAPP Training

The National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) and its national partners will host the 9th Annual NPHPSP Training and MAPP Training in May 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The training includes opportunities to learn about public health accreditation, performance and quality improvement, and health assessment and improvement planning.  Special attention will be given to preparing for accreditation and implementing the NPHPSP (May 10-11) and utilizing MAPP for community health improvement planning (May 12-13).  Participants may choose to join either or both of the 2-day training segments. For more information and to register, click here. For more information, contact Jennifer McKeever at or 202-609-7497.

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