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National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII)

City of Chicago, Illinois

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Jaime Dircksen
333 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60604

Performance Improvement Manager
Jaime Dircksen

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Christine Dorsey-Bowman

Grants Management Specialist
Terika Slocumb

All CDC Contacts

Jurisdiction: Local
Official Website:
City of Chicago, Illinois

2013 Funding (Year 4)

  • Amount of funding: $300,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Provide ongoing monitoring, technical assistance, and support for Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) programs through the performance and quality improvement (QI) system
    • Train all CDPH staff on QI basics through online QI 101 training series and at least 50 staff through QI learning collaboratives
    • Develop and implement a training plan for CDPH staff based on workforce public health competency assessment results and ensure all staff complete at least two public health competency trainings
    • Develop and implement management and leadership training series
    • Evaluate the performance and QI system, review and revise the QI plan, and implement outlined activities
    • Develop a plan to address all feedback from the Public Health Accreditation Board site review

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $300,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Achieve public health accreditation
    • Conduct quality improvement (QI) training and institute QI learning collaboratives to increase staff capacity to identify improvement opportunities and use QI tools
    • Evaluate the performance management system and implement improvements based on evaluation results
    • Use QI tools to improve administrative functions, such as contracting and hiring

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $300,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Develop two web-based reporting portals for contract agencies and for Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH) staff to report monthly on performance measures and other interventions and/or implementation data
    • Increase performance management (PM) and quality improvement (QI) capacity
    • Improve efficiencies through technology enhancements and professional development
    • Increase CDPH's readiness for accreditation
    • Gain access to and provide training for staff on the City of Chicago's performance management data system
    • Conduct a staff knowledge assessment and devise a training plan to assist staff in better understanding that PM and QI are essential components for meeting and maintaining accreditation

2010 Funding (Year 1)

Component I

  • Amount of funding: $200,000
  • 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
  • Content source:
    • Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support