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Save the Date for an Upcoming NACCHO Webinar
Performing Better Together: Improving Through Peer Networking

Computer The next webinar in NACCHO's Accreditation and Performance Improvement series, scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd at 2:00PM ET, will focus on the value of peer-networking. Many opportunities to learn from peers are available to LHD staff as they conduct community health planning initiatives, prepare for accreditation, or work to develop a culture of quality improvement, including state groups, national communities, and regional networks. 

This webinar will describe options available across the country for LHDs wishing to join peer networks and the history of partnerships and collaborative activities in performance improvement. It will feature representatives from two local health departments who will describe their involvement in learning networks and how the peer support has improved their accreditation readiness, culture of quality improvement, and community health improvement planning process.

Tom Quade from the Summit County Health Department in Ohio will describe an informal statewide network of public health professionals who are preparing for or currently engaged in the PHAB accreditation process and how the group has supported those efforts. Louise Kent from the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District will describe her involvement with NACCHO's MAPP Network, an online peer-networking site where health departments implementing the MAPP community health improvement process can share information and ideas. She will explain the opportunities for mentorship and information-sharing.

This webinar will feature a question and answer session with all the presenters and attendees will learn valuable information about resources available from NACCHO and other organizations. This 90-minute program is free to attend, but space is limited so
Join a NACCHO Advisory Group!

NACCHO is now accepting applications for 2013-2014 advisory group appointments. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2013. To see which groups are recruiting members, and to learn how to apply, please visit

NACCHO's advisory groups are a primary and recognized vehicle for identifying the opportunities and challenges facing local health departments (LHDs) and the field at large. NACCHO members from all areas of public health come together to explore the many facets of the field and help NACCHO make the best decisions in serving its members, and local public health.

NACCHO's Accreditation Preparation and Quality Improvement (APQI) advisory group is accepting applications for membership. LHD leaders/staff knowledgeable and experienced in accreditation, quality improvement, and/or performance management are encouraged to apply. For more information about the APQI advisory group, contact Miriam Sznycer-Taub at msznycer-taub@naccho.orgFor more information about NACCHO's advisory groups in general, contact or call 877-533-1320. 
Remember, NACCHO is your professional home - Lead by sharing your talents and expertise.

Here are some more items that might interest you this month: 


New Resource: High Quality CHA and CHIP Characteristics

NACCHO is excited to announce the release of its Recommendations on Characteristics for High-Quality Community Health Assessments (CHAs) and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs). The Recommendations can be found in NACCHO's CHA/CHIP Resource Center at in the "Getting Started" tab or at under "Publications and Fact Sheets". 


This document is a 'consensus statement' on high-quality CHAs and CHIPs that NACCHO developed throughout a recently completed project (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) to provide support for the completion of CHAs and CHIPs at 12 local health department sites. The tool is presented as a checklist so that LHDs and partners can use it as a tool as they're completing their community health improvement process and also references the relationship of many of the characteristics to the related PHAB Standards and Measures Version 1.0. Please note that although the document was developed with the support of partners, it only represents the views of NACCHO.  


AVAILABLE NOW: The NPHPSP Local Assessment Instrument Version 3.0 
The goal of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) is to develop a consensus-based set of performance standards for state and local public health delivery systems, which consists of various instruments for health assessment. Version 3.0 of the NPHPSP Local Assessment Instrument has just been released, along with a Local Implementation Guide that provides practical guidance, helpful tips, and sample tools for planning and implementing the performance standards assessments in local public health systems.To access the documents and find out more, visit the MAPP Network


In the Know: Social Media for Public Health 

Many health departments pursuing accreditation and cultures of quality improvement use
social media to increase their presence in their communities and to improve the services they offer clients. CDC's National Prevention Information Network recently launched a monthly webcast series called In The Know: Social Media for Public Health. Topics include TwitterFacebook and photosharing, gaming and mobile, Google+, and measurement and evaluation. The webcasts include success stories from health departments across the country. For more information and to register, click here.  

Accreditation and Performance Improvement Model Practices 
Thank you to everyone who submitted applications for the 2013 Model Practices Program! NACCHO received 21 applications related to accreditation, quality improvement, and community health assessment and improvement work. Congratulations to those who were awarded Model or Promising Practice awards! Those awardees will be announced at NACCHO Annual in July and will be included in NACCHO's Model Practices Database shortly thereafter.