KDHE Quality Improvement (QI) Work
History of KDHE QI work:
- 1997 - Public Health Improvement Steering Committee is formed and the KDHE receives a Turning Point Grant, a collaborative undertaking with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and The Kansas Health Foundation to identify work needed internally and with partners to strengthen public health capacity and performance.
- 2008 - KDHE joined the second phase of the Multi-State Learning Collaborative (MLC) to improve local and state health department use of quality improvement (QI) with training, pilot projects, and identification of regional core competencies, a project funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and managed through a partnership of the KDHE, the Kansas Health Institute, and the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments.
- 2010 - KDHE participated in a MLC-3 QI project to address infant mortality expanding the use of QI with local partners. This project was funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, managed through a partnership of the Kansas Health Institute, the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, the University of Kansas Area Health Education Centers, and KDHE.
What’s KDHE doing to improve services?
The implementation of the three-year department strategic plan beginning in July 2011 http://kdheks.gov/administration/index.html is identifying opportunities for program and service improvements. In addition to identifying new efficiencies, recent QI projects assist in more effective services to our customers:
- Development of a new electronic disease surveillance system called EpiTRAX
- Upgrades to the Kansas Information for Communities Data System
- Development of the Kansas Environmental Public Health Tracking web portal
- Kansas Trauma Program and Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) collaboration to develop / implement a process electronically linking EMS and trauma data
- Consolidation of all solid waste programs in the Bureau of Waste Management simplifying communication with customers and creating a single point of contact for all facility permitting, dump clean-up and repair, and compliance and enforcement actions
- Improved customer service to owners of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Division of Water Resources through a formal collaboration between the KDHE Bureau of Environmental Field Services Northwest District Office and the KDA. Coordination of wastewater discharge inspections and permitting with inspection and recording of water meters monitoring water use by CAFOs has resulted in facilities now having a single contact from the State. In addition, the coordination between state agencies has improved efficiency in data collection and use of staff time resulting in cost savings
- Department strategic planning, identification of priorities, and implementation