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Enhancing leadership competencies, facilitating thoughtful discussion and examination of leadership issues for public health professionals.

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Promoting safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage practices.

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Community Food Advisors work in their community to improve and promote safe and healthy food selection, preparation, and storage practices.

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Committed to improving the health of Ontarians.

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The OPHA is a not‐for‐profit member‐based association that provides leadership in advancing public health in Ontario. Our Association represents six public and community health disciplines and our membership represents many public health and community health professionals from Ontario. To learn more about us, our structure, strategic direction, or membership, please visit the following links:

The OPHA provides leadership on issues affecting the public's health and works to strengthen the impact of people who are active in public and community health throughout Ontario. For more information, please visit the following pages:

The OPHA creates and maintains advocacy initiatives with a province-wide perspective. For more information, please visit the following pages:

This section includes the latest news about the OPHA and its programs, upcoming OPHA events, and other news of interest to the public health sector. For more information, please visit the following pages:

The OPHA leads the development of expertise in public and community health through collaboration, consultation and partnerships. Learn more about our Constituent Societies here.

The OPHA leads the development of expertise in public and community health through collaboration, consultation and partnerships. Learn more about our Constituent Societies here.

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Quality Improvement


Quality Improvement in Public Health

OPHA is committed to the importance of quality improvement in public health. We seek for Ontario to have a responsive and adaptable system meeting community needs with effective leadership. OPHA in collaboration with the Leading Edge Group offers LEAN sigma training catered specifically for public health professional. We also host informative webinars in efforts to support continuous quality improvement in public health. 


What is Quality Improvement?

“Quality improvement (QI) in public health is the use of a deliberate and defined improvement process, such as Plan-Do-Check-Act, which is focused on activities that are responsive to community needs and improving population health. It refers to a continuous and ongoing effort to achieve measurable improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, performance, accountability, outcomes, and other indicators of quality in services or processes which achieve equity and improve the health of the community." (R. Bialek, et al., 2009)

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Quality improvement is a distinct management process and set of tools and techniques that are coordinated to ensure that departments consistently meet the health needs of their communities. (Riley, et.al, 2010)

Quality improvement is a continuum. The goals of moving along this continuum are to continuously improve the timeliness, effectiveness, and responsiveness of programs, and to optimize internal resources to improve the health of the community. Transformational change is possible in health when small, incremental improvements at the organizational level. (Riley, et.al, 2010)


 Examples of Organizations Working to Advance Quality Improvement in Public Health

Public Health Ontario has funded a locally driven collaborative project (LDCP). The goal of this is to bring Ontario’s public health units together to describe what CQI means for them, and how they can move forward together in a clear, consistent way. Find more information here

In 2013, Middlesex-London Health Unit released a report on continuous quality improvement (CQI) in public health. Identifying the context of CQI, factors which impact adoption and implementation. The report can be found here.

World Health Organization identifies ways quality improvement can help achieve the millennium development goals. Find out how, here.   

 

In-Person Training

OPHA in collaboration with the Leading Edge Group offers LEAN sigma training catered specifically for public health professional. Our upcoming sessions are:

 

Tools and Resources

Nation Association for Council and City Health Official has developed several resources which can help Public health Units begin engaging in quality improvement. Resources can be found here.   

A presentation on systems thinking and quality improvement in public health is available on LinkedIn. Slides can be found here.

Performance management is another way to implement quality improvement. The Public Health Foundation released an informative tool kit which can be explored by public health organizations. Information on the toolkit can be found here.

The Public Health Foundation has also published a book “Public Health Quality Improvement Encyclopedia”. The complete encyclopedia has up to 75 QI tools and an extensive glossary. The book can be found here.

Another great book on Quality improvement in public health: The Public Health Quality Improvement Handbook Book by Grace L. Duffy, John W Moran, and Ronald G. Bialek

Riley, W. J., Moran, J. W., Corso, L. C., Beitsch, L. M., Bialek, R., & Cofsky, A. (2010). Defining Quality Improvement in Public HealthJournal of Public Health Management and Practice,16(1), 5-7. doi:10.1097/phh.0b013e3181bedb49

The Institute of Healthcare improvement offers numerous online courses, workshops, networks and tools for quality improvement within local organizations. More information can be found here.

Do you have resources that you wish to share with us? Send them along to admin@opha.on.ca!



Pillars of QI

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