Quality Connection
April 2017 - Issue 33
In This E-Blast
ASTHO Celebrates Two Newly Accredited State Health Agencies
ASTHO Learning Opportunities at COPPHI
New ASTHO Resources
Stories From the Territories
Public Health Improvement Training
PHAB Accreditation
ASTHO encourages all state health agencies to seek national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Visit PHAB's Website  for the most up-to-date accreditation materials.   
  Welcome Colleagues
Welcome to ASTHO's Quality Connection E-Blast! In this newsletter you will find news and information on ASTHO resources and tools, upcoming learning opportunities, current publications, and updates on cross-cutting ASTHO programs in areas of performance management and accreditation readiness. This e-blast is brought to you thanks to funding from CDC.
Connecticut and North Dakota Join the List of Accredited State Health Departments
Congratulations to the  Connecticut Department of Public Health   and the  North Dakota Department of Health on being awarded national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board!  Connecticut and North Dakota join 20 other                                    accredited state health agencie s.
ASTHO Learning Opportunities Happening NOW at the Open Forum in New Orleans!          
Accreditation Coordinator Learning Community (ACLC) Peer Network Lunch 
All ACLC members and other state health agencies are invited

Please join ASTHO for lunch April 20th from 12:00-1:30 for the ACLC Peer Network Lunch. This is a great opportunity for ACLC members to connect in person, meet other accreditation and performance improvement peers and provide input on ASTHO's current and future work.

"Improving Health Across the Life-Cycle Using Performance Improvement"
Please join us April 21st at 10:45 for a facilitated presentation with Jonn Durbin, Planning and Performance Manager for the Iowa Department of Public Health and Joyce Marshall, Director for the Maternal and Child Health Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.They  will discuss the ways in which performance improvement activities acted as the driving force to develop more comprehensive plans and partnerships as well as how these activities support accreditation efforts.
ASTHO Introduces Four New Resources 
ASTHO is pleased to provide our states with the following new resources:

This resource, created with input and review by state health department leaders, shares the key role fully engaged leadership plays in achieving accreditation. 
This resource is designed to share the key role that leadership plays in performance management. Building a useful performance management system requires a full commitment from the executive team.  

This is the first in a series of blog posts focused on QI projects taking place within state health agencies. It features examples of specific QI tools and methodologies the health agencies have found particularly useful in improving programs and processes. 

This issue brief illustrates how state health agencies can align their Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN) work with accreditation activities.  
News from the US Territories and Freely Associated States
Upcoming Learning Community Call: ASTHO's Performance Improvement Learning Community (PILC) for Territorial and Freely Associated State Health Agencies 

Monday April 26th from 7-8:30pm ET, and June 1st from 6-7:30pm ET, ASTHO will convene the PILC peer network via conference call and webinar to facilitate peer networking and sharing within territorial and freely associated states working on performance and quality improvement initiatives and projects. ASTHO  encourages staff from all territories and freely associated states to participate! For more information, suggestions, or questions, please contact Joya Coffman at jcoffman@astho.org. 

Guam Builds Interagency and Island Partnerships to Improve Health - This ASTHO state story describes how the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services conducted a comprehensive planning process that included the three prerequisites for public health accreditation.
Puerto Rico Accreditation Case Study - Learn how the Puerto Rico Department of Health prepared for public health accreditation and used it as an opportunity to evaluate and improve its public health services.

Partner News 

The Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT) will take place June 13-14 in Albuquerque, NM. This training offers networking opportunities alongside interactive learning and skill-building sessions, with topics including quality improvement, performance management, national voluntary accreditation, health assessment, and improvement planning. Registration  in now open:  https://nnphi.org/event/public-health-improvement-training-phit-advancing-performance-in-agencies-systems-and-communities/ .

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ASTHO Performance and Quality Staff

ASTHO Board of Directors
Presi dent: Jay Butler, MD (AK)
President-Elect: Brenda Fitzgerald, MD (GA)
Secretary-Treasurer: John M. Wiesman, DrPH, MPH (WA)
Immediate Past President: Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH (MN)
Past President: Marissa Levine, MD, MPH (VA)

 Regional Representatives
 I: Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH (RI)
II: Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD (NY)
III: Marissa Levine, MD, MPH (VA)
IV: Mary Currier, MD, MPH (MS)
V: Karen McKeown, MSN, RN (WI)
VI: Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH (AR)
VII: Gerd W. Clabaugh, MPA (IA)
VIII: Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM (WY) 
IX: James W. Gillan, MS, HSA (GU)
X: Elke Shaw-Tullock, MHS (ID)

ASTHO Executive Director: Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, FCPP
Rep. Senior Deputies Committee: Arturo Brito, MD, MPH (NJ)
Rep. Affiliate Council: John W. Robitscher, MPH (National Association of Chronic Disease Directors) 
Alumni Board Member: David L. Lakey, MD (alumnus, TX)