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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31822d2e23
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Lessons Learned From Building a Culture and Infrastructure for Continuous Quality Improvement at Cabarrus Health Alliance

Randolph, Greg D. MD, MPH; Stanley, Cappie RN, MPH; Rowe, Bobbie AMOA; Massie, Sara E. MPH; Cornett, Amanda MPH; Harrison, Lisa Macon MPH; Lea, C. Suzanne PhD

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Abstract

This case study describes a local public health agency's multiyear effort to establish an infrastructure and organizational culture for continuous quality improvement, using data from interviews with the agency's senior leaders, managers, and frontline staff. Lessons learned include the importance of setting stretch goals, engaging leaders at all levels of the organization, empowering frontline staff to make changes, providing quality improvement training for staff and leaders, starting with small projects first, spreading quality improvement efforts to involve all parts of the agency, and sustaining momentum by creating a supporting infrastructure for continuous quality improvement and continually initiating new projects.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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