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Training Spotlight

Training Spotlight

Quality Improvement

Access to CareAlthough initially developed for use in business and industry, quality improvement (QI) methods are proving to be effective in improving public health programs and practices.  At the same time, however, the lack of QI capacity within the public health workforce remains a challenge. These training tools are intended to help the MCH workforce improve Title V programs and further advance health transformation, no matter the form it takes. While many of these learning opportunities focus on the Affordable Care Act as a model, lessons learned can be applied in multiple settings and with multiple plans.

One of the major goals of the MCH Training Program is to generate and translate new knowledge for the MCH field in efforts to advance science-based practice, innovation, and quality improvement in MCH training, practice, and policies.  Developing and improving measurement and reporting methods; encouraging collaboration and innovation; and supporting a culture of quality improvement that values staff training; and identifying tools and resources to help grantees address emerging health issues are examples of activities that support this goal.

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These trainings support the National MCH Workforce Development Center as it offers state and territorial Title V leaders training, collaborative learning, coaching and consultation in implementing health reform in four core areas: access to care; quality improvement; systems integration; and furthering change management that will lead health transformation for MCH populations.

Also see the Health Transformation Portal for additional resources.

Table of Contents

At-A-Glance: Quality Improvement Introductions

Trainings from the MCH Navigator

Quick Study YouTube Videos

Quality Improvement and Driver Diagrams:

Short Web Tutorials on PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act):

Resources and Toolkits from NCEMCH

Quality Improvement: Training Spotlight, 2nd Ed.
October 2014; Updated August 2015
Authors of Second Edition: Beth DeFrancis, M.L.S., Keisha Watson, Ph.D., MCH Navigator
Author of First Edition: Holly Grason, M.A., Johns Hopkins University
Reviewers: Faculty and staff of the National MCH Workforce Development Center

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.