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Resources for Engaging in Quality Improvement

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Quality improvement (QI) continues to gain momentum as health departments work to meet performance standards and prepare to participate in accreditation efforts.

Many organizations work in the area of public health QI and their tools and resources are valuable for LHDs interested in beginning or continuing their journeys with quality improvement. Below are some resources to support LHD quality and performance improvement efforts. This list is a good place to begin exploring the QI concepts and processes. Additional information can be found by visiting the websites of the organizations referenced below.

Prioritization Techniques for Selecting QI Efforts
Once an LHD has completed the PHAB documentation collection process, the possible areas for improvement may seem overwhelming. Where do you start QI How do you choose QI efforts This document outlines five prioritization methods LHDs can use to choose among the many and narrow them down to select the few best to start. It includes descriptions of each method as well as examples of how LHDs have used the methods. More »
QI Toolkit
The QI Toolkit is an online repository of quality and performance improvement resources for LHDs. It promotes information exchange and identifies valuable materials that can be adapted as LHDs learn about and apply QI processes to their work. Search by keyword, state, or tool.
The ABCs of PDCA
The ABCs of Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) guide provides a step-by-step description of how to move through a PDCA cycle. It draws on resources that are readily available to LHDs and is designed for the beginner who has been trained in QI methods and techniques and is preparing to apply those within the LHD.