Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board: Indian Leadership for Indian Health

National Public Health Improvement Initiative

Bridget Canniff, Public Health Improvement Manager

Program Overview:

The NPAIHB was one of 8 tribal grantees to be chosen to participate in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Public Health Improvement Initiative program, aimed at systematically increasing performance management capacity and improving the ability to meet national public health standards. The NPAIHB will be facilitating education and technical support to increase the organizational capacity and Quality Improvement (QI) efforts of its 43 member tribes, while also promoting the integration of a “QI culture” and linking QI with public health accreditation of tribally-based health departments.

Program Goal:

Systematically increase the performance management capacity of tribal health departments and programs serving the 43 federally-recognized Northwest tribes, in order to ensure that tribal public health goals are effectively and efficiently met.

Program Objectives:

1. Establish and implement a Public Health Accreditation Performance Management Office that will provide education, technical assistance, and support to tribally-based health departments and programs, to engage in continuous performance improvement using the Public Health Accreditation standards.
2. Increase the number of tribally-based health program staff trained in performance management across key areas using Quality Improvement (QI) methods, by facilitating their participation in available trainings and webinars.