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National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII)

Tennessee Department of Health

Story from the Field

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Lori Ferranti
425 5th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37243

Performance Improvement Manager
Vincent Pinkney

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Christine Dorsey-Bowman

Grants Management Specialist
Terika Slocumb

All CDC Contacts

Jurisdiction: Statewide
Official Website:
Tennessee Department of Health

2013 Funding (Year 4)

  • Amount of funding: $723,968
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Continue to support the building of public health infrastructure and performance management
    • Refine the community health assessment process to a three-year cycle
    • Expand community health improvement plans for each county to involve local government, chamber of commerce, boards of education, and providers
    • Integrate Lean management principles facilitation into the Department’s current Health Systems Council process that addresses ineffective processes and inefficiencies as they arise
    • Create the requirements and navigation tool to promote performance management document sharing and best practice sharing using the Department’s Public Health Information Exchange
    • Complete the death registration electronic process and begin system testing and user acceptance testing for birth and the remaining modules to advance the electronic vital records information management system
    • Complete statewide training of all Department staff on customer focused government (customer service training)

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $757,600
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Complete the prerequisite documents to prepare for public health accreditation, including a needs assessment, strategic plan, and performance improvement plan
    • Build upon county health assessment activities completed in Year 2
    • Develop a workforce training plan based on results from a public health competency survey
    • Continue replacing the existing, largely paper-based vital records system with the new real-time electronic registration system, including streamlining its death certificate processing

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $757,600
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Complete a needs assessment, strategic plan, performance improvement plan, and inventory of primary and secondary health data systems
    • Develop tools to identify needs and evaluate health risks to assist with strategic and performance improvement planning at the state and local level
    • Train management staff on the fundamentals of performance management
    • Work with collaborative partners, knowledge experts, and others to provide performance management training to local health department staff and other frontline staff
    • Improve the operational infrastructure of vital records and county health departments
    • Deploy the Electronic Death Registration System and by the Electronic Birth Registration System

2010 Funding (Year 1)

Component I

  • Amount of funding: $296,995
  • 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: $1,000,000
  • 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
  • Content source:
    • Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support