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National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII)

Arkansas Department of Health

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
John Senner
4815 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205

Performance Improvement Manager
Dr. Letitia de Graft-Johnson

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Christine Dorsey-Bowman

Grants Management Specialist
Terika Slocumb

All CDC Contacts

Jurisdiction: Statewide
Official Website:
Arkansas Department of Health

2013 Funding (Year 4)

  • Amount of funding: $300,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Implement activities to accelerate the agency’s readiness to apply for and achieve public health accreditation
    • Sustain a culture of performance by supporting performance improvement activities in several program areas
    • Increase agency staff capacity for performance improvement by providing general quality improvement training and training related to health literacy
    • Increase program efficiency and effectiveness by using an agency-wide performance management system and working with external partners

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $300,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Complete accreditation prerequisites and apply for public health accreditation
    • Build performance improvement capacity by supporting performance improvement training and projects and working with external partners to increase effectiveness and efficiency of public health programs
    • Develop and implement performance improvement projects
    • Develop an agency-wide performance management system

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $300,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Establish a plan for developing a comprehensive public health data system for performance improvement management in two areas — electronic medical records and the Environmental Health Data System
    • Increase capacity of key staff to lead quality improvement (QI) efforts and undertake projects to increase efficiencies of program operations
    • Increase the use of evidence-based policies and practices among cross-jurisdictional partners by hosting a conference for health professionals on health literacy and QI
    • Conduct a state health assessment, which will meet one of the prerequisites for 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
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