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Meetings: Take-Home Points
Charge, Background, Members
In 2010, the SCHSAC Performance Improvement and Accreditation Work Group developed a road map for improving public health performance across the state. Managing performance and strengthening accountability have emerged as the prevailing themes confronting public health agencies as expectations continue to rise and resources tighten. Two prominent strategies to strengthen accountability and improve performance across agencies are better measurement of capacity and progress coupled with continuous quality improvement. Source: Riley, Beitsch, Parsons, and Moran: Quality Improvement in Public Health: Where Are We Now? [Attn: Non-MDH link]
Since Minnesota's state-local public health partnership formed in 1976, it has remained steadfast in a shared commitment to improve health outcomes for all Minnesotans. In recent years, there has been an increased focus on measurement and improvement of system performance to improve public health. The partnership has developed systems and resources to improve local performance and accountability.
- Executive Summary: New Local Public Health Act Performance Measures for the Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System (PDF: 219KB / 2 pages)
- Full Report: New Local Public Health Act Performance Measures for the Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System
(PDF: 911KB / 34 pages)
Steering Committee Work Plan
This steering committee will guide implementation of the road map developed by the Performance Improvement and Accreditation Workgroup and inform the development of a statewide performance management system to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the public health system. Issues which the steering committee will inform include: (1) alignment of the local public health performance management system (i.e., Local Public Health Assessment and Planning, PPMRS, Accountability Review) with national public health standards and measures, (2) implementation of Minnesota's Public Health Improvement Initiative activities to build performance management infrastructure and capacity in Minnesota, and (3) identification of performance improvement opportunities and strategies to address them.
Minnesota’s state and local public health partnership has systematically developed systems and resources designed to improve local public health performance and accountability. Examples include:
- Statewide goals/strategies and outcomes
- Essential Local Public Health Activities (ELAs)
- Local Public Health Assessment and Planning process
- Local Public Health Planning and Performance Measurement
Reporting System (PPMRS)
- An annual accountability review process was developed to assure compliance with statutory requirements of agencies that receive state funds (See: Accountability Review Process Work Group Report
[PDF: 385KB / 66 pages])
Corresponding performance improvement efforts at the state level in Minnesota have ranged from a statutory requirement for all state agencies to submit performance reports to the state legislature, to a statewide website featuring state performance measures, and more recently, the Minnesota Drive to Excellence.
Source: Minnesota Drive to Excellence [Attn: Non-MDH link]
The SCHSAC Performance Improvement and Accreditation Workgroup final report (PDF: 725KB / 56 pages) included specific recommendations and a vision for statewide improvement:
Vision Statement for Public Health Performance Management in Minnesota: Minnesota's governmental public health system demonstrates accountability, results and efficiency through the ongoing use of performance standards, measures and outcome reports that guide quality improvement efforts and decision-making for the ultimate purpose of improving and protecting the health of Minnesotans.
The Minnesota Department of Health received a five-year award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for "Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes." The program is designed to support innovative changes in key areas that improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the public health infrastructure that will support the delivery of public health services and programs. The program goal is to systematically increase the performance management capacity of public health departments in order to ensure that public health goals are effectively and efficiently met.
- September-October 2011: Minnesota Counties, Vol. 55 Issue 5
(PDF: 16 pages / 2.07MB; Attn: Non-MDH link)
In public health, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received a $300,000 federal grant to focus on building and implementing performance management capacity within local health departments. MDH kicked off this effort with a two-day conference showcasing quality improvement.
- Chair: Allie Friedrichs, Meeker-McCloud-Sibley CHB
- Liz Auch, Countryside CHB
- Dawn Beck, Olmsted County CHB
- Susan Brace-Adkins, Goodhue CHB
- Bonnie Brueshoff, Dakota County Human Services Board
- Dave Brummel, Hennepin County CHB
- Deb Burns, MDH Office of Performance Improvement
- Dee Finley, MDH Office of Maternal and Child Health
- Renee Frauendienst, Stearns County CHB
- Sue Hedlund, Washington County CHB
- Julie Myhre, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis CHB
- Sarah Reese, Polk County CHB
- Cheryl Schneider, Morrison-Todd-Wadena CHB
- Mickey Scullard, MDH Office of Emergency Preparedness
- Sandy Tubbs, Horizon CHB
The MDH Office of Performance Improvement will provide staff support to the Steering Committee.