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National Public Health Improvement Initiative

Houston Department of Health and Human Services

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Dr. Raouf Arafat
800 North Stadium Drive Houston, TX 77054
832-393-5032

Performance Improvement Manager
Robert Hines
832-393-4606

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Lisa Cooper
404-498-0393

Grants Management Specialist
Marquetta Williams

All CDC Contacts

Jurisdiction: Local
Official Website:
Houston Department of Health and Human Services

2013 Funding (Year 4)

  • Amount of funding: $300,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Leverage the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) Performance Improvement and Accreditation Team to  coordinate performance management, quality improvement, and accreditation readiness activities across the entire department
    • Build on the existing performance management tracking system
    • Work with all levels of staff and various community partners to implement a culture of continuous quality improvement in HDHHS and across the City of Houston
    • Begin implementation of the Houston community health improvement plan
    • Submit application for accreditation to the Public Health Accreditation Board

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $300,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Coordinate performance management and quality improvement training and technical assistance across the department
    • Establish a performance management tracking system
    • Prepare for national public health accreditation by creating system-level changes to achieve national standards
    • Establish a process to identify and address quality improvement opportunities within divisions and programs
    • Identify promising and best practices and incorporate these practices into systems and methods to build capacity and contribute to the department’s evidence-based work

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $300,000
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Utilize the expertise of the Performance Improvement and Accreditation Team (PIAT)
    • Coordinate with PIAT and the Office of Performance Management to establish a quality improvement workgroup to coordinate performance management and quality improvement activities across the department
    • Develop and institute a public health accreditation readiness system
    • Prepare for accreditation by creating system-level changes to achieve national standards
    • Establish a new process within programs to identify quality improvement gaps and prioritize activities
    • Collaborate with federal, state, and local partners by establishing networks
    • Identify promising and best practices and incorporate these practices into systems and methods as a crucial part of the department's capacity building process

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

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