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Register Today for NACCHO Annual 2013!
NACCHO Annual 2013 (July 10-12, Dallas, TX) is an opportunity to join a thousand of your colleagues for the year's largest gathering of local health officials in the United States. NACCHO is the only national organization that hosts annual conferences that specifically address the needs and concerns of local health officials.

This year's conference theme is Public Health by the Numbers. Our Story. Our Time. Our Future.

NACCHO Annual 2013 will provide an interactive setting for local health officials and their public health partners from around the country to examine strategies, share ideas, and plan actions for sustaining or reinventing their organizations. Several sharing sessions will feature information about accreditation,performance improvement, quality improvement, community health improvement planning, and more! Additionally, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) will host a pre-conference workshop entitled "Hitting the Big Red Button: The Importance of Being Ready to Apply for PHAB Accreditation." 
Visit for the most up-to-date agenda, to register, and to find additional information. Stay tuned to accreditNATION for an in-depth listing of performance improvement sessions. 

Now Available: Tool for Estimating Return on Investment for QI Efforts 
With support from the CDC, The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has developed a tool to estimate the return on investment (ROI) for QI efforts undertaken within public health agencies. This ROI tool consists of a series of linked Excel spreadsheets specifying:
  • Instructions for data entrySummary information on the QI project for which ROI is being estimated
  • Investment costs associated with the QI project
  • Routine operating costs impacted by the QI effort pre- and post-implementation
  • Output and outcome measures impacted by the QI effort
  • ROI analysis output

The tool can be used:

  • Prospectively to analyze basic assumptions and conduct sensitivity analysis
  • During QI implementation to track ROI
  • Retrospectively to show the return realized

To obtain a copy of the tool and a tutorial on its use please contact Karl Ensign at (571) 527-3143 or 

Upcoming Webinar: Ready or Not: Preparing for Health Department Accreditation

There is much to be learned through PHAB's health department accreditation program, including how to most effectively connect with key organizations that are critical to help achieve accreditation. At times, these strategies might be unique for a particular health department, but increasingly, helpful themes are being identified and shared with other health departments.

An upcoming webinar, hosted by the Public Health Institute, will showcase how local health departments in California are engaging new partners for accreditation preparation. Attendees will hear about emerging tools and communication strategies for reaching out to organizations that are critical for achieving accreditation. An interesting comparison of strategies based on prerequisite stage and active measure collection/documentation stage will be provided. In addition, attendees should be able to identify opportunities for partnership engagement during various stages of accreditation preparation, as well as sustainability over time, including when a health officer or department director position becomes vacant.

This webinar will take place TOMORROW (May 15) at 3:30PM ET. For more information, and to register, visit