Five State Health Departments Worked to Improve Quality

Linking quality improvement in state public health programs to national accreditation for state health departments

Dates of Project: June 2011 through November 2013

Description: The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) worked with state health officials in Arizona, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and Oregon on quality improvement projects to help them prepare for national accreditation.

Key Results

  • State health agency staff worked across program area lines, in some cases for the first time.

  • Four of the five states showed improvement in their project area; the fifth state completed its tests of change after the initiative concluded.

  • Each state submitted five examples of documentation demonstrating compliance with the PHAB standards and measures.

  • All five states submitted their QI projects to the RWJF-funded Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX), a searchable online database that organizes information from public health quality improvement projects.

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