Online Program

A Systematic Approach to Identify Best Practices among Safety Net Organizations

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Martha Culver, DNP, RN, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations, Dallas Regional Division, Dallas, TX
Princess Jackson, Ph.D., Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations, Dallas Regional Division, Dallas, TX
Health care organizations throughout the United States apply established criteria to identify best practices which demonstrate how systems and processes are used to improve effectiveness and increase efficiency. 

As of December 2014, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Region VI, comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, awarded approximately $1.8 billion to organizations engaged in fulfilling HRSA’s mission and objectives.  With this large amount of financial resources, it was critical for the HRSA/Office of Regional Operations-Dallas (ORO-Dallas) to identify best practices to share with public health stakeholders and safety net providers to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations throughout the region. 

Using a qualitative methodology, ORO-Dallas developed a set of evidence-based criteria to conduct a content analysis of 25 HRSA-supported organization’s competitive grant applications to determine if systems, protocols and procedures were in alignment for designation as a “best practice”.   Through this analysis, ten organizations were identified as an “ORO-Dallas best practice” which met the criteria. 

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explain HRSA’s programs, resources and services to expand the participant’s knowledge. Demonstrate comprehensive examples to public health stakeholders on how to increase access. Identify emerging trends in strategies to improve the health outcomes of populations impacted by health disparities.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Health, Quality Improvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: CAPT Martha Culver, DNP, RN is an officer for the U. S. Public Health Service. She is a Nurse Consultant and provides leadership for HRSA’s mission, goals, priorities, and initiatives to increase health care serves for underserved populations in Region VI. She serves as the state lead for the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas to foster collaborative efforts between the state health care leaders and HRSA’s programs to improve public health, and health care systems.
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.