211345 Getting Ready for Accreditation: How 16 states in the MLC are Preparing for and Contributing to the National Voluntary Accreditation Program for State and Local Health Departments

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 12:30 PM

Lee Thielen, MPA , Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, Fort Collins, CO
Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement is the third phase of the Multi-State Learning Collaborative (MLC). The program, which builds on the momentum of two previous MLC initiatives, brings state and local health departments together with other stakeholders including public health institutes, health care providers and universities to improve public health services and the health of their community by implementing quality improvement practices. In addition, each of the 16 participating states is required to take steps to prepare for as well as contribute to the national voluntary accreditation program currently under development and scheduled to launch in 2011.

The presenters in this session will introduce the MLC project, the movement towards voluntary national accreditation within the public health community, and describe how the 16 participant states in the MLC are playing a major role in this process.

Selected participant states will share their specific goals to prepare for and contribute to accreditation including such efforts as developing and implementing communications plans to further the accreditation effort within their individual states, educating local stakeholders, and utilizing existing assessment tools such as the NACCHO Operational Definition and the National Public Health Performance Standards Program assessments to explore capacity and readiness for national accreditation. Additionally, the states will demonstrate the importance of conducting quality improvement activities on identified areas for improvement.

Learning Objectives:
Describe three components of the Multi-State Learning Collaborative (MLC) project. Identify two communications strategies that promote accreditation efforts within individual states. Discuss the link between current performance assessment tools and national accreditation.

Keywords: Accreditation, Quality Improvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the chair of the Multi-state Learning Collaborative, Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement project being described in this presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.