Original ArticleQuality Management in Public and Community Health: Examples from Women's HealthWeisman, Carol S. PhD; Grason, Holly A. MA; Strobino, Donna S. PhD Author Information Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Weisman) Director, Women's and Children's Health Policy Center, Associate Public Health Professor, Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland (Grason) Professor, Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland (Strobino) Quality Management in Health Care: Fall 2001 - Volume 10 - Issue 1 - p 54-64 Buy Abstract Quality assessment and improvement activities are as relevant to the public health sector and community-based health care organizations as they are to the rest of the health care industry. This article provides a framework for the types of quality assessment and improvement approaches available to public health and community-based health care organizations and provides two examples drawn from the field of women's health. The first focuses on a population-based assessment of the performance of the health care system using indicators for the nation as a whole and for the states specifically in a women's health report card. The second focuses on measuring quality of care provided to clients of one type of safety-net organization, Title X family planning clinics. Either type of approach can serve as the basis for developing strategies for improving the performance of health care organizations. ©2001Aspen Publishers, Inc.