Lee Thielen, MPA, Chair, Multi-State Learning Collaborative, National Network of Public Health Institutes, 1308 Linwood Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80524, (970) 416-8889, firstname.lastname@example.org, Leslie Beitsch, MD, JD, College of Medicine, Florida State University, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300, and Glen Mays, PhD, MPH, Dept. of Health Policy & Management, College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham, #820, Little Rock, AR 72205.
The Multi-State Learning Collaborative for Performance and Capacity Assessment or Accreditation of Public Health Departments (MLC) was a 14 month project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and managed by the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Public Health Leadership Society. The MLC convened five states implementing innovative assessment or accreditation programs for public health departments. Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Washington were selected from a field of 18 applicants to participate in the MLC. Throughout the course of the project, the participating states enhanced their assessment/accreditation programs, informed the national dialogue on a voluntary accreditation program, and exchanged best practices with one another and with the public health practice community. This session will explore the following: 1.) the breadth of assessment and accreditation programs in the applicant states, 2.) the process for convening the states that participated in the MLC, 3.) the process for sharing information with the Exploring Accreditation Project, and 4.) the lessons learned by the MLC, participant states and the public health practice community.
Keywords: Accreditation, Performance Measurement
Related Web page: www.nnphi.org/multistatelearningcollaborative.htm
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The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA