Performance & Quality Improvement
Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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July 14, 2017
- About 198 million people—or almost two-thirds of the US population—are now served by a health department accredited through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
- More than 90% of accredited health departments report that accreditation stimulates quality improvement, strengthens accountability and transparency, and improves management processes.
- Health departments preparing for accreditation can use a crosswalk of PHAB accreditation standards and CDC’s Prevention Status Reports, as well as other tools and resources from CDC and its partners.
March 4, 2016
- People who receive medical care can get serious infections called healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which can lead to sepsis or death.
- In certain kinds of hospitals, 1 in 4 HAIs are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are urgent and serious threats to health.
- Healthcare professionals should adopt critical actions with every patient every time to prevent HAIs and stop the spread of antibiotic resistance.
January 29, 2016
- Many Americans have problems using or understanding common health information, such as prescription directions or immunization charts.
- Public health organizations should have a plan to ensure that their health messages are understandable.
- CDC’s Everyday Words for Public Health Communication [PDF-360KB] suggests substitute wording for difficult public health terms and offers tips to make information clearer.
August 7, 2015
- Antibiotic-resistant germs cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the United States.
- National initiatives for infection control and antibiotic stewardship could prevent 619,000 antibiotic-resistant and Clostridium difficile infections over 5 years.
- A coordinated approach, where healthcare facilities and health departments work together, could prevent these life-threatening infections—according to this month’s Vital Signs.
July 31, 2015
- Public health laboratory scientists are critical to identifying, tracking, and limiting [PDF-6.5MB] public health threats: from detecting toxins in water sources to helping stem the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
- Public health labs face challenges in maintaining and enhancing the workforce [PDF-2.3MB], as they confront significant staff losses and limited capacity to train workers.
- Laboratory scientists, leaders, and trainers can adopt and implement recently published competency guidelines [PDF-1.4MB] to strengthen their workforce.
May 29, 2015
- CDC has a new tool to help public health agencies, organizations, and individuals improve and invest [PDF–503KB] in the health of their communities: the Community Health Improvement Navigator.
- Search the Navigator and its database for interventions that work and case examples that public health agencies can use to partner with hospitals.
- By working together, engaging the community, communicating, and sustaining results, you can help make your community health improvement efforts collaborative and successful.
July 25, 2014
- The Practical Playbook provides free tools, guidance, and success stories for public health and primary care integration.
- Improvements in population health take place in tandem: primary care provides real-time data, and public health promotes community wellness and education.
- First steps to improving integration include learning the value of working together and searching for models among successful projects.
March 7, 2014
- Doctors in some hospitals prescribed up to 3 times as many antibiotics as doctors in similar areas of other hospitals, according to a newly released study of antibiotic prescribing practices in a sample of US hospitals, based on 2010 data.
- Reducing the use of high-risk antibiotics by 30% can lower C. difficile infections by 26%.
- State health departments can help hospitals develop antibiotic stewardship programs by facilitating the use of the CDC self-assessment checklist and an in-depth implementation tool.
December 9, 2011
- The new National Research Agenda for Public Health Services and Systems advances scientific studies on how best to organize, finance, and deliver public health strategies.
- More evidence about public health systems and support is needed to implement effective strategies to promote health in every community.
- Expanded research on public health systems will allow every community to enjoy the benefits of prevention.
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