Assisting federal agencies in the use of quality improvement tools and techniques to improve public health programs

This project will convene a series of one-day meetings for about 25 participants each to engage federal agencies in defining an approach to quality improvement (QI) within and among federal agencies that supports public health programs. This series will build on previous efforts to demonstrate QI within and among programmatic areas in state health departments and to advance public health accreditation. The meetings will include representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services (including the Office of Emergency Preparedness), the Health Resources and Services Administration (specifically the Maternal and Child Health Bureau), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (regarding chronic diseases, environmental health and emergency preparedness), and the Department of Agriculture (specifically the Women, Infants, and Children program), as well as select state and large-city health officials. By the end of the series, meeting participants will identify a short list of federal QI projects in public health as priorities for implementation. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) will support the series by: (1) producing a brief background paper describing possibilities for improved efficiency, reduced duplication, and better standardization and integration in public health programs; (2) developing the agendas and facilitating and recording the results of the meetings; (3) conducting QI training for federal partners in creating and implementing QI plans; (4) summarizing federal agency QI initiatives/plans resulting from the meetings and their potential impact on delivery of public health programs across federal, state and local public health; and (5) disseminating the results as examples of options for improved performance and accountability in federal programs. ASTHO will also coordinate with a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported meeting planner, funded under a separate award, on meeting logistics and expenses and participant travel.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $115,000.00

Awarded on: 9/14/2012

Time frame: 10/1/2012 - 8/31/2014

Grant Number: 70355


Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 450
Arlington, 22202-3740


Donna Marshall
Project Director