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NACCHO's Accreditation Preparation & Quality Improvement E-Newsletter 
April 2011
Vol. 21
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RWJF MATCH funding opportunity


Public Health Informatics Conference 

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Article1Upcoming NACCHO Webinar: The Road to Accreditation: Using QI to Achieve Standards
The Public Health Accreditation Board's (PHAB's) national accreditation program will launch this fall. Local health departments (LHDs) across the county are preparing to apply for voluntary national accreditation, in part by using quality improvement (QI) and quality planning (QP) processes within their agencies.
NACCHO's next webinar, the 17th in its Accreditation Preparation & Quality Improvement series, is entitled The Road to Accreditation: Using QI to Achieve Standards. This 90-minute program will feature the stories of two LHDs that have prepared for accreditation using QI or QP processes. Keith Reed, Administrative Director of the Comanche County Health Department in Oklahoma, and Judy Mattingly, Accreditation Coordinator of the Franklin County Health Department in Kentucky, will describe their QP/QI initiatives that resulted in improved community engagement in the community health assessment and improvement planning process and an improved internal repair request process, respectively.

As a result of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe how QI and QP can be used to meet accreditation standards;
  • Explain how to prioritize an area for improvement;
  • Describe how two QI/QP efforts resulted in improvements to LHD processes; and
  • Explain the effects these efforts have had on QI uptake in the agencies represented.

This free webinar will be held on Thursday, May 5 from 3:00PM - 4:30PM EDT. Registration can be accessed here. Please note, registration is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.  An archive will be available after the event. Please contact Lowrie Ward at or (202) 507-4196 with questions. 

Article2Funding Opportunity: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH): Community Grants Program Releases Call for Proposals

RWJF LogoA new Community Grants program from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) called Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) will help spark action in communities to address the many factors that influence health. As the County Health Rankings illustrate, social and economic factors such as education and employment can affect health directly and indirectly, and those negative effects may accumulate over individuals' lifetimes and continue unbroken through generations. The first round of the Community Grants program is open to communities that are ready to take action to address the social and economic factors that affect health-factors which have a significant impact on health outcomes, yet are often ignored in community health improvement activities. The application deadline is April 27, 2011 at 3:00PM EST, and all LHDs are eligible to apply. Click here for additional information or contact

Article3Upcoming Event: Public Health Informatics Conference


The upsurge of information technology creates interesting opportunities and needs for LHDs. Recent investments in information technology may impact LHD systems and practices important to accreditation. The 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference will allow LHDs to examine how new electronic data systems and health information exchange will impact their futures.


The 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference is taking place August 21-August 24, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NACCHO are co-sponsoring this event.


This conference is for the interest of the public health community and will highlight workgroups, ancillary meetings, informatics workshops/tutorials, and many opportunities for networking with health sector colleagues from the tribal, local, state, national, and international levels. Visit to register or contact for more information.  

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