A Framework for Improving Preconception Health Care Interventions Using Continuous Quality Improvement Public Deposited

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  • February 27, 2019
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  • Dye, Ariana
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Public Health Leadership Program
Abstract
  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is an organizational management process used to continually monitor and implement improvement processes. CQI is distinguished by a focus on customer satisfaction, systematic process, and process measurement and decision making. The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) is a leading health indicator used in public health that is reflective of maternal health and socioeconomic inequalities such as access to health care. IMRs and racial and ethnic disparities among them have been a public health priority for decades. Research for effective, evidence-based methods to reduce overall IMRs and disparities is on-going. Preconception care (PCC) is a leading public health intervention based on the Life Course approach, which aims to improve the health of all women capable of reproducing, therefore improving birth outcomes and reducing IMRs. Despite the effectiveness of CQI in other industries and promising improvements in some CQI public health interventions, CQI has yet to be applied to PCC practices with any form of standardization or consistency. This paper will explore the application of CQI in public health and in PCC, determine if guidelines for applying CQI to PCC exist, and suggest a framework for applying CQI to PCC interventions at the state and local level.
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  • Paper type: Other
  • Track: Leadership
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  • Lesneski, Cheryll
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  • Rowley, Diane
  • Head, Rebecca
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  • Master of Public Health
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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