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National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII)

County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser
241 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Performance Improvement Manager
Karen Swanson, PhD, ScM

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Vicky Rayle

Grants Management Specialist
Terika Slocumb

All CDC Contacts

Jurisdiction: Local
Official Website:
County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health

2013 Funding (Year 4)

  • Amount of funding: $837,800
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Complete a community health improvement plan and draft letter of intent for the Public Health Accreditation Board
    • Conduct a workforce needs assessment and provide staff development opportunities through online and in person training in quality improvement/performance improvement, Health in All Policies (HiAP), and evidence-based practice
    • Provide support and technical assistance to QI and performance management initiatives
    • Improve communication with healthcare providers in Los Angeles County
    • Continue to develop and promote best practices through the annual Science Summit, Quality Improvement Summit, and Prevention Symposium

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $893,598
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Complete an accreditation readiness self-assessment
    • Collect, analyze, and report performance results using the new performance improvement database developed in Year 2
    • Complete a community health assessment and a department-wide strategic plan
    • Increase workforce capacity by providing training in policy analysis, prioritization, and community engagement
    • Share resources and increase partnerships with the medical community and other local jurisdictions to improve use of high-value clinical preventive services

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $893,598
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Implement a department-wide approach to continuous performance improvement in all divisions and programs through measurement of performance using quantitative methods and application of quality improvmeent tools to identify and actively test solutions
    • Develop infrastructure to sustain on-going community health assessments and the development of community health improvement plans that serve as a foundation for strategic planning as well as program planning
    • Engage external stakeholders in policy analyses, assessments, and evaluations to inform decision-making and ensure the consideration of the health impacts of all health and non-health policies
    • Invest in public health workforce training in performance improvement, policy work, and community engagement
    • Conduct economic analysis, quantitative decision-modeling, and health impact assessments for policy development activities
    • Strengthen existing infrastructure by funding the development or licensing of an online data system for data collection and reporting of performance measures
    • Increase engagement with the medical community to increase utilization of cost-effective clinical preventive services
    • Collaborate with other local, city, and county health departments to exchange best practices and share workforce training resources

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

Component II

  • Amount of funding: $1,659,950
  • Description of Project:
    Awardee will enhance public health improvement efforts beyond Component I through two or more categories including: performance management, policy and workforce development, public health system development/redevelopment and best practice implementation.

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  • Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015
  • Page last updated: November 9, 2015
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    • Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support