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Pennsylvania Department of Health

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Robert Richardson
Bureau of Health Planning,
Pennyslvania Department of Health,
625 Forster Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701
717-772-5298

Performance Improvement Manager
Kimberly Early, MSW
717-772-5298

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Performance Officer
Mark Hansey
404-498-0399

Grants Management Specialist
Shicann Phillips

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Jurisdiction: Statewide
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Pennsylvania Department of Health

2013 Funding (Year 4)   

  • Amount of funding: $500,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Develop a state health improvement plan through a collaborative process that uses the state health assessment completed in Year 3
    • Complete a department strategic plan
    • Improve quality of the Pennsylvania public health laboratory system by completing the Association of Public Health Laboratories Laboratory System Improvement Assessment and developing action plans for implementation
    • Increase the efficiency of program operations in the Bureau of Health Planning
    • Increase the number of Department staff trained in performance improvement/quality improvement (PI/QI) and implement improvement initiatives across the agency
    • Develop capacity to meet Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards for accreditation by implementing QI/PI to address gaps identified through the PHAB self-assessment completed in Year 3

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $500,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Complete a self-assessment to determine accreditation readiness using the Public Health Accreditation Board’s standards and measures
    • Complete a comprehensive state health assessment
    • Develop a state health improvement plan
    • Conduct a quality improvement project to enhance the quality and usefulness of the Healthcare Workforce Reports Program
    • Complete the Association of Public Health Laboratories Laboratory System Improvement Program Assessment

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $500,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Develop and complete an assessment based upon the standards and measures of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for state public health departments in order to determine the department's capacity toward accreditation by PHAB
    • Develop a performance improvement plan to address any gaps found within the PHAB assessment
    • Partner with Association of State and Territorial Health Officials to develop and provide an introduction and training session on accreditation and performance improvement for department executive staff, made accessible through the department's Electronic Learning Management System and in-person training sessions
    • Create a system to collect and store documentation and data required by PHAB to assess compliance to standards and measures; develop protocols for identifying needed documentation; and convene a work group to analyze all documentation and data, assess compliance with PHAB standards, and develop a performance/quality improvement plan to build capacity toward PHAB accreditation
    • Review information regarding current quality or process improvement activities being conducted by county and municipal health departments and, if appropriate, conduct site visits
    • Work with the department's legal counsel to determine the extent to which evidence-based policies, regulations, and laws exist in the Commonwealth and in the department that may be utilized towards meeting accreditation standards
    • Review and analyze evidence-based policies, regulations, and laws, and promising and best practices from the engagement of cross-jurisdictional partnerships; recommend implementation of at least two new promising and best practices and strategies for evidence-based policies, regulations, and laws within the department; and share this information with CDC and county/municipal health departments within Pennsylvania

2010 Funding (Year 1)

Component I

  • Amount of funding: $400,000
  • 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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