274607 Performance Standards Governance Assessment: Identifying Strategies for Quality Improvement Practices

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Marlene Wilken, RN, PhD , School of Nursing, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Boards of health (BOH) are responsible for agency oversight, policy development, resource stewardship, quality improvement, partnership development, and legal authority. These boards have the authority to affect a health department's programs, services, and ability to become accredited. To ensure that the BOH is adequately fulfilling its governance functions, it is imperative for them to complete the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) Governance Assessment. Since the early 2000s, BOH have been completing the NPHPSP Governance Assessment. Through this assessment, boards have been measuring their level of oversight for each of the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Governance questions address standards and measures reflected in accreditation. From this assessment, BOH can identify areas in which they need improvement to better fulfill their governance functions. Results from the NPHPSP Governance Assessment have been used in various ways. Some of the most recent, common methods BOH have used assessment data is for health improvement planning and strategic planning; both of which are public health accreditation pre-requisites. Each of these important public health efforts assists communities in protecting and improving health for individuals of all ages. Local public health begins with good governance, and BOH routinely need to measure their governance abilities to ensure they are appropriately completing their oversight roles and responsibilities for a local health department. If a BOH can become informed on their governance abilities and area(s) for improvement, they can use this feedback to better position a local health department to face future community needs.

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the structure of the NPHPSP report. 2) Explain what results are provided in the NPHPSP report 3) Discuss how to use quality improvement and strategic planning methods to address priority improvement areas identified in the NPHPSP report.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been directly involved with Performance Standards Governance Assessment for the past several years. As a regional director and board member of the National Association of Boards of Health, I have attended several presentations by national leaders in this area as well as provided input for the Board of Health Governance Standards. In addition I have involved my own local board of health in beta testing the governance standards twice.
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.