Funding: Quick Strike Research Award
The affiliate PBRN in Georgia will take advantage of the time-limited opportunity to test the utility of regional quality improvement (QI) strategies in strengthening accreditation readiness and attainment among small and rural public health jurisdictions. As part of a larger initiative, local public health agencies in a selection of counties are attempting to implement regional public health quality improvement collaboratives (QICs) using the state’s multi-county public health districts as the primary organizational structures. This study compares measures of QI implementation and impact among local agencies that do and do not participate in regional QICs, with a specific focus on the ability of small and rural health departments to meet the Public Health Accreditation Board’s national accreditation standards for QI activities. A secondary aim of the study is to assess the potential of the newly formed Georgia Public Health PBRN to function as a state-level public health QIC.
Health districts as quality improvement collaboratives and multijurisdictional entities (JPHMP, November-December 2012)
Doug Skelton, M.D.
William C. Livingood, Ph.D.