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National Public Health Improvement Initiative

County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health

Component I:
Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser
241 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-989-7236

Performance Improvement Manager
Karen Swanson
213-989-7243

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Vicky Rayle
808-541-3761

Grants Management Specialist
Marquetta Williams

All CDC Contacts

Component II:
Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser
241 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-989-7236

Performance Improvement Manager
Emily Peach
213-989-7243

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Vicky Rayle
808-541-3761

Grants Management Specialist
Marquetta Williams

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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