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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
Dianne Ochoa

Grants Management Specialist
Marquetta Williams

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Jurisdiction: Statewide
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Arkansas Department of Health

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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