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NACCHO's Accreditation Preparation & Quality Improvement E-Newsletter 
March 2011
Vol. 20
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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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Article1Get Involved: Apply to Serve on a NACCHO Advisory Group (Deadline: April 1, 2011)
NACCHO will soon begin making committee and workgroup appointments for the 2011-2012 year. The Accreditation Preparation and Quality Improvement (APQI) team encourages health officials and other local health department staff involved in their local QI or accreditation preparation activities to consider offering their expertise to the APQI Workgroup.  The goal of the APQI Workgroup is to enhance NACCHO's resources and technical assistance offering so that an increasing number of local health departments have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully seek national accreditation and sustain measurable quality improvement in their health departments.      


The online application and details are now available by clicking here. NACCHO Logo

We hope you will consider contributing to our exciting work.

Article2Beta Test QI Efforts: Linking Accreditation and QI

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The Public Health Accreditation Board's (PHAB's) beta test of the national voluntary accreditation program was comprised of 30 state, local and Tribal health departments, testing the draft standards and measures and accreditation process. 


Each site conducted a quality improvement (QI) project, with NACCHO providing technical assistance to the 19 local health department sites. Sites identified areas for their QI projects based on the PHAB self assessment tool and used QI techniques to identify ways to improve the process or focus area selected.


The final reports from these projects are now available on NACCHO's website. Beta test sites used the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model to address many different areas including environmental health records, new employee orientation, repair request processes, clinic wait times, and more. Click here to visit the beta test QI project page and view project storyboards, read final reports or find out more about the beta test.  

Article3Upcoming Training Opportunity: NPHPSP and MAPP TrainingMAPP Logo

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.

Article4Webinars: Building a Higher Performing Evidence-Based Public Health Agency

NACCHO announces a two-part webinar series titled "Build a Higher Performing, Evidence-Based Public Health Agency." One of the PHAB standards addresses the identification and use of evidence-based practices. These webinars will assist LHDs in understanding evidence-based public health, locating relevant resources, and incorporating evidence-based strategies into practice.

Part I: Promote an Evidence-Based Culture in Your Public Health Agency will be held on March 24, 2011 at 3:30 EDT.  Speakers include Ross Brownson, Jonathan Fielding, and Bob Harmon. Participants will learn:

 What evidence-based public health is, Why it matters, and What is new
 What makes The Guide to Community Preventive Service a credible resource for evidence-based decision-making and how it may be used to establish goals and identify effective strategies
 How practitioners have used evidence-based practices in their agencies' leadership, strategic planning, budgeting, and performance measurement. 

Click here for registration and more information.


Part II: Translating Evidence-Based Practice into Programs and Policies that Work for Your Community will be held on March 30, 2011 at 3:30 EDT. Speakers include Ross Brownson, Steven Teutsch, Bob Harmon, and Charlotte Burke. Participants will learn:


 The key tenets of evidence-based public health and where to find credible evidence-based recommendations  

 The challenges of selecting and implementing the right strategies for your community

 How to estimate costs and adapt a strategy without undermining its effectiveness  

 Issues to consider when the scientific evidence is limited or equivocal 


Click here for registration and more information.

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