PHAB Interview with Drs. Les Beitsch and Ron Chapman on Health Department Quality Improvement and Performance Management

In this episode of JPHMP Direct TALK, Les Beitsch, MD, JD, and Ron Chapman, MD, MPH, chat with PHAB Communications Manager Teddi Nicolaus about how public health accreditation is driving the use of Quality Improvement and Performance Management at health departments. Dr. Beitsch is the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Chapman serves as Health Officer for California’s Yolo County. The discussion draws on Dr. Chapman’s commentary, “Public Health Accreditation Impact: The Performance Management System,” and a research report co-authored by Dr. Beitsch titled “Has Voluntary Public Health Accreditation Impacted Health Department Perceptions and Activities in Quality Improvement and Performance Management?” The reports are featured in a special supplement to the May/June 2018 Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, which highlights the value and impact of health department accreditation.

*Music presented in this program comes from The Gentle Art of Squinting by Taylor Arnold and Jordan Wilson. Listen to the complete album here.

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Read the full issue of our special supplement highlighting the Impact of Public Health Accreditation.

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Teddi Dineley Nicolaus, BS, is the Communications Manager at the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), overseeing efforts to effectively and accurately promote PHAB’s mission and foster a greater understanding of accreditation’s impact. Previously, she worked as a health reporter for The Nation’s Health, the official newspaper of the American Public Health Association in Washington, DC. Her journalism career spans more than two decades as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers and magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. [Full bio]

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