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Component I:
Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH
1915 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
919-707-5203

Performance Improvement Manager
Beth Mainwaring

919-707-5151

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Mark Hansey
404-498-0399

Grants Management Specialist
Marquetta Williams

All CDC Contacts

Component II:
Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH
1915 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
919-707-5203

Performance Improvement Manager
Trasey LaMotte
919-715-9260

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Mark Hansey
404-498-0399

Grants Management Specialist
Marquetta Williams

All CDC Contacts

Jurisdiction: Statewide
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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

2013 Funding (Year 4)

  • Amount of funding: $987,228
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Accelerate accreditation readiness by using quality improvement (QI) to address gaps identified in the organizational self-assessment
    • Further efforts to strengthen its continuous QI infrastructure through activities such as developing a QI plan that is aligned with its strategic plan and overseeing an organization-wide QI council 
    • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its programmatic services and business operations as well as increase the use and identification of promising practices by providing QI training programs and targeted technical assistance to the public health workforce
    • Continue to add enhancements to the State Center for Health Statistic’s web-based data dissemination tool, HealthStats, which provides health data to state and local public health departments for use in decision making, including community health assessments
    • Improve vital records by implementing the revised North Carolina death certificate and planning for an Electronic Death Registration System

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $1,037,779
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Conduct a self-assessment and address gaps in public health accreditation readiness
    • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of business operations and programmatic services using quality improvement methods to eliminate waste and non-value-added activities and to achieve substantial Return On Investment
    • Increase the use of evidence-based practices by addressing recommendations from its evidence-based task force
    • Enhance the State Center for Health Statistics’ web-based data dissemination tool, HealthStats
    • Improve the vital records system, including implementation planning for the revised death certificate and an electronic death registration system

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $1,037,779
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Build on accomplishments of the North Carolina Center for Public Health Quality to continue addressing workforce, operations, and evidence-based practice translation needs in public health practice, as well as improve centralized data collection and technology capacity for the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics
    • Enhance the Center for Public Health Quality,  as it supports North Carolina's vision to integrate continuous quality improvement within the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NCDPH) and contribute to system-wide improvements
    • Develop a strategic plan for NCDPH to increase accreditation readiness
    • Increase the efficiencies of NCDPH business and operations processes by at least 25% from baseline by eliminating waste and non-value added activities
    • Increase the use and identification of evidence-based and promising practices by engaging in cross-jurisdictional partnerships and aligning resources across the state
    • Assist in further enhancing the information technology capacity currently underway through a centralized resource that provides health data and analytical services to state, local, and tribal public health departments to create and evaluate data-driven programs that address infant mortality, preventable diseases, and leading causes of death

2010 Funding (Year 1)

Component I

  • Amount of funding: $400,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Build on the recently established North Carolina Center for Public Health Quality to integrate Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) within the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NCDPH) and local agencies and to contribute to measurable system-wide improvements in public health services for improved health outcomes in North Carolina
    • Improve and accelerate CQI training for workforce in the NCDPH and in all 85 local health agencies in North Carolina
    • Enhance the use of performance data for improvement at the macro- and microsystem levels
    • Build on and accelerate the development and use of best practices as well as the evaluation of promising practices
    • Improve operational efficiency at NCDPH by systematically eliminating waste in key areas

Component II

  • Amount of funding:  $1,503,857
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Maximize timeliness and completeness of data available for public health use at the state and local level through a strategic redesign of the health data infrastructure
    • Increase the capacity of state and local public health workforce in interpretation and effective use of the data to improve the health of North Carolinians
    • Streamline data dissemination efforts through the enhancement of the North Carolina Comprehensive Assessment for Tracking Community Health (NC-CATCH), a web-based query system for greater efficiency and user-friendly data displays
    • Improve efficiencies in Vital Records using workflow redesign to create an implementation plan for an efficient death registration automation system
    • Maximize the use of electronic health records (laboratory and medical facility electronic medical records) for timely and complete surveillance of reportable conditions
    • Maximize effective use of health data in communicable disease through technical assistance

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