243340 Framing the Problem: The Case for Performance Improvement in Addressing Minority Health and Health Disparities

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 4:30 PM

Valerie A. Welsh, MS, CHES , U.S. Office of Minority Health, Rockville, MD
In response to requirements under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 (‘modernized' in 2010) and a program assessment conducted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 2005, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) has taken a series of actions to effect – for itself, its partners, and other stakeholders -- a rational, systematic, and science-driven approach to the planning, conduct, and evaluation of minority health-/health disparities-related efforts to ensure evidence of intervention effectiveness of such efforts and further ‘grow' the science regarding ‘what works.' This presentation will provide a brief overview of the initial GPRA requirements, key differences in the recently passed Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, the findings of OMB's assessment of OMH, and the concerted steps completed to date by OMH to establish a Performance Improvement and Management System (PIMS) as a component of its management infrastructure. The overview will also include a demonstration of how the individual and collective components of the PIMS are inter-related and reflective of the systems-oriented and logical approach of the Strategic Framework for Improving Racial/Ethnic Minority Health and Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities, as well as how the PIMS and its components have been and can be used by OMH's grantees, HHS and other Federal entities, and other partners and stakeholders in an effort to coordinate and effect performance measurement, improvement, and reporting more broadly.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe OMH's rationale for establishing its performance improvement and management system (PIMS) and how such a system may benefit one's own organization, agency, or institution. 2. Identify the major components of the PIMS and the rationale for the design, structure, and substance of such a system.

Keywords: Evaluation, Evidence Based Practice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as OMH's Performance Improvement & Evaluation Officer, have conceptualized and managed the Performance Improvement & Management System which will be the subject of this presentation (and the session of which the presentation is proposed to be a part), and have integral knowledge and experience with every component of this system.
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.