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State of Ohio, Department of Health

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Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Luz Allende
614-644-9933
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Performance Improvement Manager
Luz Allende
614-644-9933

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Mark Hansey
404-498-0399

Grants Management Specialist
Shicann Phillips

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Jurisdiction: Statewide
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State of Ohio, Department of Health

2013 Funding (Year 4)

  • Amount of funding: $500,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Continue the Accreditation Learning Community that was started in Year 3
    • Engage local health departments in a minimum of five quality improvement (QI) projects, with priority given to those who have not been awarded previously
    • Further enhance Ohio Profile and Performance Database to establish public health indicators, investing also in an external system that will provide a publicly available dashboard and allow benchmarking with other health entities
    • Provide accreditation fee support for local health departments
    • Offer trainings to support accreditation readiness on topics such as Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, performance management, and QI

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $500,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Award up to ten mini-grants to local health departments for continuous quality improvement activities and to support accreditation readiness
    • Enhance the Health Profile Performance Management tool that state and local health departments use for reporting

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $500,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Support measurable outcomes to increase program efficiencies, increase readiness for applying and achieving accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and increase use of evidence-based policies and practices
    • Align Ohio's public health infrastructure with PHAB standards
    • Engage the workforce in continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities to transform the culture of everyday practices, refine technology systems to accelerate accreditation readiness, and improve systems and practices to be implemented and shared as evidence-based policies, including: 1) delivering CQI training and providing technical assistance to both ODH and local health departments; 2) identifying and implementing quality improvement initiatives that will help ODH and the statewide system decrease staff allocation to deliver services and increase effectiveness of services offered; and 3) engaging in cross-jurisdictional partnerships to increase the number of staff skilled in the development of public health policies and law

2010 Funding (Year 1)

Component I

  • Amount of funding: $394,111
  • 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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