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National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII)

Illinois Department of Public Health

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Estrelitta Harmon
122 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

Performance Improvement Manager
Estrelitta Harmon

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Lisa Cooper

Grants Management Specialist
Terika Slocumb

All CDC Contacts

Jurisdiction: Statewide
Official Website:
Illinois Department of Public Health

2013 Funding (Year 4)

  • Amount of funding: $500,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Complete implementation of the electronic grants management system
    • Publish, promote, and implement its agency-wide strategic plan
    • Assess and improve customer satisfaction
    • Implement quality improvement initiatives
    • Submit intention to apply for accreditation

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $500,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Create an agency strategic plan, strategic implementation plan, and quality improvement plan
    • Begin the initial accreditation application process
    • Conduct a baseline assessment of its electronic grants management system efficiency
    • Have the eight senior staff members who obtained Six Sigma Green Belts obtain Six Sigma Black Belts
    • Enroll 10 additional staff members in the Six Sigma Green Belts program through the University of Michigan
    • Enroll division chiefs in the Rutgers University Performance Measurement Certificate program, which has already been completed by 16 senior staff members
    • Train staff on strategic planning and accreditation efforts

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $500,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Develop and implement an electronic grants management system to replace the existing paper grants system, thus enabling the department to collect real-time data
    • Streamline the grant application process by reducing administrative inefficiencies
    • Allow agencies and organizations to 1) use important program and financial information for benchmarking, performance-based reporting, and budgeting; 2) promote more timely compliance reviews; and 3) facilitate exchange of information to promote strategic planning and decision-making
    • Beta test the online portal for the new electronic grant application process and provide a pilot for external users
    • Develop a grants dashboard to reduce costs and improve monitoring of the use of evidence-based programs and policies by grantees
    • Prepare for accreditation, including training staff on performance measures and quality improvement methods
    • Educate and support performance improvement management in the 96 certified local health departments

2010 Funding (Year 1)

Component I

  • Amount of funding: $400,000
  • Description of Project:
    Awardee will:
    • Focus on building, institutionalizing, and implementing performance management capacity within health departments
    • Support full-time "Performance Improvement Manager" who will participate in a national network of performance improvement professionals supported by CDC

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  • Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015
  • Page last updated: November 9, 2015
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