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National Public Health Improvement Initiative

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Jane Smilie
1400 Broadway
Helena, MT 59601
406-444-5559

Performance Improvement Manager
Lindsey Krywaruchka
406-444-9352

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Lisa Cooper
404-498-0393

Grants Management Specialist
Shicann Phillips

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Jurisdiction: Statewide
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Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $250,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Implement essential activities to prepare for national public health accreditation
    • Institutionalize continuous quality improvement throughout the agency
    • Apply for national public health accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board
    • Support tribal and local public health departments to increase the number that are preparing to apply for national public health accreditation
    • Work with tribal and local health departments and/or regional public health collaboratives to facilitate accreditation technical assistance and training for their agencies
    • Increase the number of initiatives to implement evidence-based policies and procedures
    • Align the work of the Public Health and Safety Division with the state health improvement plan
    • Implement a performance improvement initiative to prioritizes activities, practices, and programs for maximum public health impact

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $250,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Prepare a state public health assessment, a state public health improvement plan, and a strategic plan for the Public Health and Safety Division
    • Develop a six-month quality improvement training program, led by Purdue University, for state and local health agencies
    • Build an integrated management system that ties together all program work and tracks performance through regular reviews and a performance management system
    • Assess public health service contracts to evaluate the number of evidence-based interventions used in contracts for the purposes of increasing the number of state and local programs using evidence-based interventions
    • Continue to prepare the Public Health and Safety Division and local health departments for accreditation
    • Increase the number of initiatives to implement evidence-based policies, regulations, and laws among local health departments by providing training and technical assistance to state and local staff on evidence-based policies and laws, such as those recommended by the Community Guide

2010 Funding (Year 1)

Component I

  • Amount of funding: $100,000
  • 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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