Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement

ASTHO supports states' quality improvement efforts through resources and technical assistance.

National Demonstration Initiative on QI Practices in State Public Health

ASTHO, with support provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is pleased to announce the successful completion of its National Quality Improvement Demonstration Initiative in State Public Health Agencies. The two-year initiative, which concluded in November 2013, involved five states-Arizona, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon-and included each state’s Environmental Health, Maternal and Child Health and Chronic Disease program areas. The national initiative increased state readiness for accreditation, demonstrated the value of QI to manage budgets during difficult financial times, improved integration of services and standardized QI methodology within state public health programs. For further information on the results of this initiative, please visit this page or contact Denise Pavletic.

National Quality and Performance Resources

American Society for Quality: Data Collection and Analysis Tools
A compendium of tools for quality improvement data and analysis

Baldrige National Quality Program
The Baldrige’s Getting Started guide provides a starting point for an agency to gauge performance in seven key areas; the results can help determine what performance improvement activities to undertake.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) hosts a Quality and Patient Safety page that includes several resources and tools for quality improvement.

The Balanced Scorecard
The Balanced Scorecard is a strategic planning and management system used to align business activities to the vision and strategy of the organization, improve internal and external communications, and monitor organizational performance against strategic goals.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation, hosts a Public Health Resources page addressing quality improvement, including changes, measures, and tools for improvement that can be used in a public health setting.

The Quality Toolbox
The Quality Toolbox, (2 Ed.), by Nancy R. Tague, includes a wide variety of continuous improvement tools (matrices and flowcharts, data collection and analysis tools, planning and idea generating, quality management systems) as well as case studies of Baldrige Award winners.

Turning Point
Turning Point, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, created a network of 23 states and 5 National Excellence Collaborative to strengthen the public health system through partnerships with state and community partners.