What Every Health Care Professional Needs to Know about Quality Improvement in Public Health
Quality improvement methods have spread rapidly through health care in the last two decades, and health professions schools are integrating this training more and more each year. But the field of public health has been much slower to adopt a quality methods, even as more health systems are taking on population health through the IHI Triple Aim. In this blog post, Erica Bridge, BPH, MA, former Open School Chapter Leader at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, explains why she believes quality improvement is necessary, yet undervalued, in public health.
I believe that quality improvement approaches are absolutely necessary in public health.
I’ll explain, but first, amid of a lot of discussion about population health, I want to tell you what public health is.
Public health, as defined by the World Health Organization, involves organized efforts to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole.
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