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Center for Performance Management

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In 2010, CDC released $42.5 million, supported through the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act, to fund 76 state, tribal, local and territorial health departments. Kentucky was a recipient of this grant funding for the National Public Health Improvement Initiative.

This is a five-year cooperative agreement program called Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes.

It provides local health departments (LHDs) and Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) with needed resources to make fundamental changes in their organizations and practices to improve the delivery of public health services.

The Center for Performance Management provides leadership and infrastructure for the development and operation of a complete public health performance system in the commonwealth that will create a culture of continuous quality improvement at DPH and LHDs.

Implementation of the performance improvement system, through which individual programs and operations will be evaluated and improved, will increase the capacity and ability of the LHDs to meet national public health standards such as those of the Public Health Accreditation Board. DPH plans to apply for accreditation by 2014.

Have a question related to accreditation, performance management, or quality improvement? Email us 

A Sample of Our Deliverables
  • State Health Assessment (Healthy Kentuckians 2020 serves as foundation)*
  • State Health Improvement Plan (Health Kentuckians 2020 serves as foundation)*
  • Agency Strategic Plan*
  • Quality Improvement Plan
  • Workforce Development Plan
  • Training and technical assistance to LHDs

*indicates a PHAB requirement

State Resources

Rona Dawson
State Accreditation Coordinator

A unique group of Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) employees called the Accreditation Readiness Team (ART) works on accreditation. ART members include division directors, program managers and senior leadership. Kentucky plans to apply for accreditation in 2014.

To prepare, DPH employees should become familiar with the accreditation process and standards. These resources can help.

Public Health Accreditation Board

PHAB requires certain plans to be in place when applying for agency accreditation

More information about DPH plans:

Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) provides tools and technical support to its members pursuing accreditation

Useful links from ASTHO:

Books:

  • The Public Health Quality Improvement Handbook by Ron Bialek, Grace L. Duffy and John W. Moran; ISBN-13; 978-0-87389-758-7
  • The Public Health Memory Jogger II - developed in partnership between GOAL/QPC and the Public Health Foundation; ISBN-13; 978-1-57681-101-6. A pocket guide of tools for continuous improvement and effective planning.
LHD Resources

Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the accrediting body for public health, is an excellent source of information. Sign up for the PHAB newsletter to get the latest news and events straight to your inbox.

Useful links from PHAB:

National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) provides tools and resources for county health departments interested in accreditation preparation and quality improvement. Sign up for NACCHO accreditNATION e-newsletter.

Useful links from NACCHO:

National Public Health Performance Standards Program, organized around the 10 Essential Public Health Services, helps state and local health departments identify activities to recognize strengths and opportunities for improvement which will be valuable in preparing for accreditation.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) - Activities completed through the MAPP process for community-driven strategic planning help demonstrate health departments meet Operational Definition of a Functional Local Health Department standards. Accreditation standards and measures for local health departments are based, in part, on this operation definition.

Useful links for MAPP:

Books:

  • The Public Health Quality Improvement Handbook by Ron Bialek, Grace L. Duffy and John W. Moran; ISBN-13; 978-0-87389-758-7
  • The Public Health Memory Jogger II - developed in partnership between GOAL/QPC and the Publich Health Foundation; ISBN-13; 978-1-57681-101-6. A pocket guide of tools for continuous improvement and effective planning.

Building a QI Culture at a Local Health Department

A local health department accreditation coordinators work group meets after the KHDA meeting on the third Tuesday of every month from 2-4 p.m. For more information regarding this group, please contact us. It is a valuable source of information sharing, lessons learned and networking.

Have a question? Need help getting started? E-mail us. 

 

Assessments and Surveys
 

Provide input to the Kentucky State Health Improvement Plan. Your feedback is valued.

Review the Kentucky State Health Assessment and provide feedback.

Review the Healthy Kentuckians 2020 document and provide feedback.

 

LHD Accreditation
   

Last Updated 8/6/2014
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