Accreditation and Quality Improvement

Leading the Way to a New Public Health

On September 15-17 in Washington, D.C., more than 200 public health leaders and practitioners from nearly all 50 states attended the 2010 Open Forum of the Multi-State Learning Collaborative (MLC): Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement.

The Open Forum was the final scheduled national gathering before the MLC program—managed by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)—ends in 2011. It pulled together the largest, most geographically diverse group to date of leaders from all parts of the country in public health accreditation and quality improvement. This included representatives from each of the 16 MLC grantee states, along with a wide range of Foundation partners and grantees—including representatives of the 30 accreditation beta test sites of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and researchers working to strengthen the evidence base for public health accreditation and quality improvement.

RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., kicked off the event with an energetic call to action for those assembled, encouraging them to build “a new future for public health.” Keynote speakers and breakout sessions highlighted five years of progress in public health QI and accreditation, and looked to the future of improving the public health system.