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Quality Improvement and Accreditation

Faculty from the NWCPHP are helping Wyoming public health leaders develop tools to take the next step in a national accreditation process in which their state was a recent beta test site. Jack Thompson, NWCPHP faculty, led a two-day workshop for 25 participants that focused on use of quality improvement techniques to assist preparation for accreditation and their day to day practice.

October 21, 2010

Faculty from the NWCPHP are helping Wyoming public health leaders develop tools to take the next step in a national accreditation process in which their state was a recent beta test site. Jack Thompson, NWCPHP faculty, led a two-day workshop for 25 participants that focused on use of quality improvement techniques to assist preparation for accreditation and their day to day practice.

Bud Nicola, NWCPHP faculty and Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) member, and Lee Thielen, who led the Wyoming accreditation site visit and co-directs a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program preparing for accreditation, also made presentations at the Wyoming Public Health Leadership Workshop in Cheyenne in late summer.

The goal of a voluntary national accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of state, local, territorial, and tribal public health departments, Thompson told the group. He, Nicola, and Thielen (from nearby Fort Collins, Colorado), then helped the leaders apply Quality Improvement (QI) principles to key projects in their agencies.

“We want them to be able to integrate program evaluation and QI into everything they do,” Thompson said later. QI refers to a continuous effort to achieve measurable improvements related to program interventions to improve the health of the community.

About two dozen Wyoming public health leaders attended.

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