Technical assistance and direction for RWJF's Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement program

The Foundation's initiative, Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement, was designed to create a peer network of innovator states with experience in designing and implementing a process for systematic assessment of local public health agency capacity and performance.In this phase of the Lead States initiative (LSI), teams in 16 states are addressing three broad activities: (1) contributing to the development of PHAB's national voluntary accreditation program; (2) preparing health departments to participate in an accreditation program; and (3) adopting quality improvement practices at the project and organizational levels for the purposes of institutionalizing a culture of quality improvement practice in public health. The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), the national program office for LSI, will continue to monitor grantee progress and coordinate and provide technical assistance. NNPHI will continue to foster collaborative learning among the states by: (1) hosting quarterly Webinars for the grantees to address key accreditation and quality improvement topics; (2) hosting two national Webinars for the broader public health community focused on sharing lessons from LSI; (3) hosting one "Open Forum" meeting to bring together representatives from all 50 states to focus on public health quality improvement and accreditation; (4) hosting the final all-grantee meeting in the early spring of 2010; and (5) managing the LSI wiki to provide opportunities for online collaboration.In this budget period, NNPHI will also focus on efforts to archive, synthesize and disseminate lessons learned from the LSI states. These efforts will include the ongoing development of a "practice exchange" prototype. The practice exchange is intended to be an interactive quality improvement database that will allow practitioners to search for completed QI projects by elements such as aim statement, data source, and measures. In this phase of the prototype, the practice exchange will be populated with information from the completed LSI quality improvement projects.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,169,822.00

Awarded on: 2/11/2010

Time frame: 3/1/2010 - 2/28/2011

Grant Number: 66150


National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI)

1100 Poydras Street, Suite 950
New Orleans, 70163-1101


Sarah Michelle Gillen
Project Director