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New QI Initiative!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Check out this recently published QI initiative, Showing Up and Not Giving Up: Improving WIC Show Rates and Caseload in Deschutes CountyDeschutes County Health Services in Oregon improved its process to increase clinic show rates and caseload for clients of the WIC program. This improvement optimized staff time and ensures access to care and benefits for these needed services in the community. Click here to continue reading. 

Special Supplement Highlights Impact of PHAB's National Accreditation Program

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - As the number of nationally accredited governmental public health departments increases, so too does the evidence base related to the impact of the PHAB's national accreditation program on public health. With nearly 70% of the U.S. population now served by a nationally accredited health department, the breadth of accreditation's impact is captured in a special supplement to the May/June 2018 edition of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Thanks in part to funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the online edition of the special supplement is being offered with free access on the journal's website. For more information, contact Teddi Nicolaus at

Win a PHQIX Scholarship to PHIT 2018!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - If you've been thinking of submitting a QI project on PHQIX, now is the time! Submit a QI Initiative by Monday, April 30, 2018, for a chance to win a scholarship to the Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT), which will be held June 26 to 27, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The scholarship will cover registration, travel, and accommodations for one person. Anyone who has submitted a QI initiative between January 1 and April 30, 2018 will be entered into the drawing. 

You must register on PHQIX to submit a QI initiative. By submitting your QI initiative on PHQIX, you will receive many benefits, including an American Medical Association-style citation on that you and others can reference. Your QI initiative contributes to the evolving science of public health QI. You will also receive excellent feedback from our panel of QI experts. Click here to learn more about how to submit a QI initiative, and click here to submit a new QI initiative. E-mail us at if you have any questions or concerns.

Share Your Comments on a Problem-Solving QI Tool

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is inviting comments and feedback on the Solvability and Control Matrix from health professionals who have worked in QI or are interested in using QI for their programs and services. The Solvability and Control Matrix explores and assesses process problems to determine which can be easily solved and which should be brought to a QI team for consideration. What are your thoughts on this new tool? Download the tool and provide your feedback today.

Two New QI Spotlight Articles!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - PHQIX occasionally publishes Spotlight articles that provide practical guidance for conducting quality improvement (QI) in public health. We just published two new Spotlight articles: one that provides guidance on how to choose a QI project, and one that provides guidance to help practitioners decide when a formal QI process is needed to achieve an improvement. 

Choosing a QI Project
To truly have a culture of quality, ongoing QI efforts must be occurring at all levels of the agency, from executive leadership to front-line staff. This article, written by PHQIX Expert Panel members Gurleen Roberts and Ty Kane, provides public health practitioners with a step-by-step approach for generating and prioritizing a list of QI project ideas. Not sure if the problem you've identified warrants a QI process? Check out our other new article for tips on how to decide when QI is and is not the answer. 
Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? Deciding When to Use QI
Anyone who has engaged in quality improvement (QI) knows that it requires expertise, a team's time and energy, and ongoing efforts to monitor and hold the gains. Given the demands of a QI effort, it is important to understand when QI is needed to achieve an improvement - and when it's not. Click here to read the full article written by PHQIX Expert Panel member Grace Gorenflo, and learn how decide when to use a formal QI process. 

Click here to read our other QI Spotlight articles.


Leading Adaptive Change in Public Health: ELearning Course

Friday, March 9, 2018 - Join the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) for a 9-week online curated course, running April and May 2018. This course is designed to help health department and healthcare staff, along with their community partners, tackle the complex challenges supporting the health of the populations they serve. Participants will complete a series of worksheets that guide you in applying course concepts to your own leadership challenge with coaching provided by NACCHO staff and opportunities for peer learning incorporated through group facilitated conversations/conference calls and Adobe Connect meetings. Check out this short 5-minute video for a sense of what Adaptive Leadership means in the context of public health and health care. For more information on the course, visit NACCHO's Change Management and Adaptive Leadership page

ASTHO Territorial Public Health Performance and Accreditation 101

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - The Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) developed "Territorial Public Health Performance and Accreditation 101: A Resource Guide for Territorial Health Agencies" to provide territorial health agencies with a simple framework for improving their territorial public health systems' overall performance, as well as the health of the communities they serve. Whether a territorial health agency intends to pursue public health accreditation now or later, this resource guides health departments in planning and implementing activities that form the foundation for successful and effective public health practice. Click here to learn more and to download the guide


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