In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Drs. Li-Wu Chen and David Palm from University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha and Dr. Abbey Gregg from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa evaluated quality improvement (QI) maturity and accreditation readiness among local health departments (LHDs) in Nebraska from 2011 to 2016. A mixed-methods approach comprising online surveys and key informant interviews assessed QI maturity and accreditation readiness. Results indicated that from 2011 to 2016 both variables being evaluated improved. The authors credited external financial and technical support as having helped LHDs better their QI maturity and accreditation readiness. They also concluded that though improvement is time consuming, sustained efforts by LHDs as well as support from external partners, such as state health departments, can help LHDs build QI maturity and accreditation readiness.
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