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Performance Management and Quality Improvement

Have You Heard? Facts From The Field  is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.

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March 21, 2017

The CityHealth initiative released its first-ever health policy assessment of our nation’s 40 largest cities, analyzing each city across 9 policy areas proven to make a lasting impact on health and well-being.


July 1, 2016

  • The Boston Public Health Commission and Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston recently published a Health Impact Assessment of Boston’s Living Wage Ordinance [PDF-3.8MB] that analyzed the relationship between health and socioeconomic status.
  • The report determined that raising the living wage for the lowest paid workers in Boston by $3 an hour would result in their improved mental and physical health, including notable decreases in anxiety, hunger, and chronic health conditions.

November 14, 2014

  • The BUILD Health Challenge is calling for applications [PDF–786KB] and invites collaborative proposals that will identify, highlight, and advance new models for improving community health and health equity.
  • You can play a key role in the health department accreditation process! Be a site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board.
  • It’s on! Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts November 15 and runs through February 15, 2015.

July 3, 2014

June 23, 2014

  • The National Board of Public Health Examiners and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health are asking all public health workers to participate in an important public health job task analysis survey, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • According to an article in, after suffering deep cuts during the recession, public health officials are rethinking how to fund essential services.
  • The National Association of County and City Health Officials has released the 2014 Forces of Change survey, which contains new findings on the forces effecting change in our nation's local health departments.

March 25, 2014

March 10, 2014

July 12, 2013

  • The Georgia Health Policy Center and the National Network of Public Health Institutes have released a new tutorial and planning tool to help public health organizations strategically plan for changes driven by the Affordable Care Act.

June 27, 2013

March 15, 2013

February 13, 2013

The Illinois Hospital Report Card helps consumers

  • Find out about the quality of care provided in health-care facilities across their state
  • Access information about quality and safety, patient satisfaction, nurse staffing, and utilization and costs of services in hospitals and surgery centers

September 26, 2012

  • Certified Healthy Oklahoma is a voluntary certification program for businesses, college campuses, communities, restaurants, and schools encouraging healthy behaviors and policies.
  • Communities and organizations can apply for three levels of certification: basic, merit, and excellence.
  • Certified communities are also eligible to apply for incentive grants to enhance community wellness policies and activities.
  • More than 480 applicants received certification last year.

September 8, 2011