American Academy of Pediatrics – The American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to the health of all children. Their quality improvement resources website details their model for improvement. This model is a method to test measures, strategies, and tools and to ultimately make improvements in practice. For more details on their model that includes Aim Statement Worksheets, Improvement planning worksheets, testing schedule forms, PDSA Cycle Worksheets:
American Public Health Association – The American Public Health Association (APHA) has been advancing quality improvement in both health care delivery and public health and has been on the forefront of ensuring quality in public health systems through its standards setting texts, education programs, and policies that promote quality improvement in a range of public health systems. APHA participated with its key partners to promote the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP), the accreditation of public health agencies, and the certification of graduate trained public health workers.
APHA recently published several new QI brochures including a wonderful twenty page pamphlet called Quality Improvement in Public Health: It Works!
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) – ASTHO supports states’ quality improvement efforts through resources and technical assistance. They recently completed their National Demonstration Initiative on QI Practices in State Public Health. They have a quality improvement resources page.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – CDC has a wealth of Performance Management and Quality Improvement resources including definitions and concepts, resources, stories from the field, data and benchmarks, and the public health journey that provides a brief overview of some key milestones and initiatives that have advanced performance management and quality improvement in public health.
Community Commons – Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities’ movement. Registered users have FREE access to:
- Thousands of map-able geographic information systems (GIS) data layers and tables displayed at varying geographies for all communities in the United States;
- An application program interface (API), providing free interoperable access to data;
- Contextualized mapping, reporting, data visualization, and sharing abilities;
- Searchable profiles of place-based community initiatives and multi-sector collaborations;
Community Tool Box – The Community Tool Box was created to help people build healthier communities and bring about the changes they envision. This site provides educational modules and tools to help people work together to make their communities what they dream they can be. Although the Community Tool Box has thousands of pages of resources, its design makes it easy to find what you want. Specifically, Chapter 40 is about achieving and maintaining quality performance.
Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health – Evidence-based practice for public health involves using the best available evidence to make informed public health practice decisions. This website provides free online access to evidence-based public health (EBPH) resources, knowledge domains of public health, and public health journals and databases. The resources are arranged along a pathway of evidence to allow public health practitioners to easily find and use the best evidence to develop and implement effective interventions, programs, and policies.
Heartland Centers for Public Health & Community Capacity Development – This Saint Louis University, College for Public Health and Social Justice Website is the portal for four unique Centers; Center for Public Health Preparedness, Public Health Education & Training Center, Center for Public Health & Community Leadership, and the Center for Learning Management. This also includes their Learning Management System that is a computer-based, online tool that offers a comprehensive approach to public heath education and training.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – HRSA has a great Quality Improvement Methodology Toolbox that lists on-demand quality improvement and health IT webinars.
More Information – Webinars
QI Methodology Toolbox
Institute for Healthcare Improvement – This website calledResources for PH Quality Improvement, is jam packed with links, resources, trainings, tools and journal articles on improving the quality of public health systems and workforce. This website also includes the national frameworks and initiatives supporting public health quality improvement.
Model for Improvement (as the framework to guide improvement work)
Michigan Public Health Institute, Office of Accreditation and Quality Improvement – MPHI has published the second edition of their wildly successful QI Guidebook called Embracing Quality in Public Health. This Guidebook reflects five years of study, action, and learning among public health practitioners who have generously shared their journey to quality.
More Information on QI Guidebook
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) – MDH has an extensive Quality Improvement & Performance Management website. Includes QI Toolbox, QI Projects, QI Plans, training and webinars.
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) – NACCHO has a huge website that deals with quality improvement designed specifically for local public health departments.
NACCHO is also noted for their work in building and sustaining an organizational culture of quality, and their Roadmap to a Culture of QI is new and filled with relevant information.
TOOLBOX (this is extensive)
QI Training, NACCHO Introduction to QI
National Health Care for the Homeless Council – has a great pdf resource list for quality improvement tools and web links.
National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) – NNPHI has been supporting numerous public health improvement initiatives over the years. For instance, NNPHI hosts trainings, webinars, and conferences and manages programs that build the community of practice of public health improvement and facilitate the sharing of resources and best practices. Many of NNPHI’s members (and MICH is a member) support these initiatives and partner with health departments to offer technical assistance in areas related to public health improvement.
QI Resource Page
Public Health Foundation (PHF) – PHF focuses on performance management, quality improvement and workforce development. They have a wealth of information on all these topics and is the “go to” website for public health information.
PH QI Encyclopedia
Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX) – PHQIX, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is an online community designed to be a communication hub for public health professionals interested in learning and sharing information about quality improvement in public health. Their primary goal is to sustain national QI efforts by providing public health practitioners with a way for them to share knowledge from the experience of their colleagues.
Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide) – The Community Guide is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer such questions as “Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective?”, “Are there effective interventions that are right for my community?”, and “What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?”. For more information click here
Turning Point’s Performance Management – More than ten years ago, RWJF funded the Turning Point Performance Management National Excellence Collaborative (PMC) which developed a package of resource materials to help public health systems manage performance.