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Regional Training: Preparing for Accreditation and Quality Improvement – Chicago, West Chicago and Rockford

IPHI’s Center for Community Capacity Development announces dates for two-day training sessions for local health departments in Illinois.  These trainings will focus on Preparing for Public Health Accreditation (day 1) and Quality Improvement (day 2).   Registration will be available soon

Regional Training Content

Day 1: Preparing for Public Health Accreditation
• Steps to Prepare for Accreditation
• Accreditation Coordinator Attributes
• Talking to Leadership about Accreditation
• Selecting, Managing and Preparing Documentation
• Peer to Peer Problem-Solving on Participant Selected PHAB domains

Day 2: Quality Improvement
• Prioritizing Issues for Quality Improvement
• Defining and Differentiating Quality Improvement (QI), Quality Planning (QP) and Quality Assurance (QA)
• The Model for Improvement (PDCA) and the Rapid Cycle improvement process
• Work Flow Analysis Tools
• The Role of Data in QI
• Selecting and Applying Problem Analysis Tools
• Developing a QI Plan

January 9-10, 2013 Chicago, West Chicago and

Rockford Region

January 23-24, 2013 Peoria and Rockford Region

January 30-31, 2013 Edwardsville Region

February 13-14, 2013 Champaign Region

March 6-7, 2013 Marion Region

The regional trainings are offered for ease in local health department participant travel. However, a health department may attend a training in any of the regions if the one scheduled closest is not convenient. We encourage health departments to bring a small team to the training, although not required. Please share this Save the Date with those in your health department who would be appropriate or interested in attending. Your team is highly encouraged to register for both training days, although you have the option of only registering for one day: Preparing for Public

Health Accreditation or Quality Improvement. Registration will be available soon. Please mark your calendars to save the dates!

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Training Opportunity: Public Health Accreditation for Performance Improvement

Presented by:

Dr. Kaye Bender, President and CEO

Public Health Accreditation Board

Webinar Objectives


As a result of participating in this Webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe public health department accreditation and PHAB’s accreditation process.

2. Provide an update on the current status of the national accreditation program.

3. Describe observations and lessons learned by PHAB to date.

4. Provide practical tips for being an organized, successful accreditation applicant.

5. Explore potential challenges with meeting requirements for each of the 12 domains.


Click here to view the Webinar flyer.

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Webinar: What Local Coalitions Need to Know About Competitive Foods in Schools

Now, more than ever, schools are becoming the heart of health. Passed in 2010, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act requires that the USDA issue standards for “competitive foods” sold in schools (i.e., snack foods and beverages served and sold in vending machines, a la carte lines and stores). Although schools are concerned about the financial implications of stricter standards, evidence demonstrates a positive connection between well-implemented, healthy “competitive foods” policies and student behavior and health.

Presenters will share research describing the health and financial impact of “competitive food” policies, define what a quality policy entails, and provide resources to help local coalitions support schools in creating and adopting improved district level policies. Learn how local coalitions can also help strengthen the national standards through monitoring and participating in the USDA rule-making process.

Presenters:        Jamie F. Chriqui, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

                                Elissa Bassler, CEO, Illinois Public Health Institute

How:                     Click here to register for the webinar

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Healthy Farms, Healthy People

Target Audience: Health and agricultural stakeholders including, but not limited to: farmers; public health and food safety practitioners; food processors, food, nutrition and health entrepreneurs; interested consumers; and advocates for local food systems, farmers markets, urban farming, healthy food access, and farm to school/institution.

Purpose: Healthy Farms, Healthy People is a symposium that explores the intersection of food policy, agriculture, and health. Keynote speakers and plenary sessions will be followed by working roundtables that discuss and generate possible solutions to the challenges of the Illinois food system. The goal of this meeting is the production of a catalytic policy and research agenda that: (1) advances the creation of a local food system and improves public health, (2) lends itself to participatory and transdisciplinary methods and approaches, and (3) is better addressed jointly by health and agricultural stakeholders working together – not by either sector acting alone.

Session Topics will focus on the issues related to the following:

  • Food Access and Food Justice
  • Food Safety on Farms and in Processing
  • Food Production and Supply
  • Legal and Regulatory Barriers to Food Procurement

Registration: Space is limited. CLICK HERE to REGISTER! 

Cost: Early-Bird Cost (before October 1): $30, after October 1, $60.

A locally-sourced, healthy lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Illinois Public Health Institute at (312) 850-4744.


Illinois Public Health Institute
Illinois Local Food, Farms & Jobs Council
Illinois Stewardship Alliance
Co-Sponsors/Planning Team

Center for Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities
Fresh Taste
Healthy Farms Healthy People
Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity
Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Farmers Market Association
Illinois Farmers’ Market Task Force
National Farm To School Network
National Network of Public Health Institutes
Northern Illinois University, Center for Governmental Studies
Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Governor’s Rural Affairs Council
Saint Louis University
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Strategic Communications to Mobilize Communities for Systems Change (webinar)

Public health practitioners are often looking for opportunities to effectively engage the public and community partners in taking action to promote public health. Those able to clearly articulate the need to address the myriad of health determinants, such as the “health factors” summarized in the County Health Rankings, will be most successful at mobilizing multi-sector collaboration. With the increasing emphasis on impacting health factors through policy changes and building environments that support healthy living, the public health sector is challenged to successfully communicate about these interventions in ways that resonate with the public.
During this Webinar, participants will have a brief introduction to the “policy, systems, and environmental” approach to public health, often referred to as PSE. They will hear an example of how one local health department in Illinois, Peoria City/County Health Department, used the County Health Rankings as a tool for communicating complex information on community health and for mobilizing greater systems change. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about public opinion research related to community-level prevention efforts, and how to use that research to inform and frame their messaging about interventions.
Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this Webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Define the “policy, systems, and environmental” approach to public health interventions.
  • Describe how the County Health Rankings can be used to educate and mobilize stakeholders to work towards systems change.
  • Understand research findings that explore how the American public perceives community-level public health efforts.
  • Craft communications to address the prevention and public health issues most concerning to the public.
  • Frame messaging to garner support for prevention programs and to address emerging critiques of community-level prevention that aims to change policies, systems and environments.

Target Audience

This webinar is intended for health department staff, public health practitioners, health communication specialists, and members of local coalitions or initiatives collaborating with partners to assess and improve their communities.


Greg Chance, MPH
Mr. Chance is the Public Health Administrator for the Peoria City/County Health Department located in Peoria, Illinois. In this position, he is responsible for the administration of a local public health agency with a current budget of $7 million dollars and a staff of 89 employees.
Greg has nearly 30 years of experience in the delivery of public health services at the local level. Prior to coming to Peoria County, Greg was the Public Health Administrator for the Knox County Health Department in Galesburg, Illinois.
Mr. Chance received his Bachelors Degree from the Illinois State University and his Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois, School of Public Health in Chicago.

Robert Crittenden, MD, MPH
Bob is currently the Executive Director of the Herndon Alliance, a national coalition of over 200 national and state organizations focusing on communications with a goal of achieving affordable quality health care for all people in America. The Herndon Alliance does extensive research on communications and writes, does briefings, and trains many national and local advocacy groups, membership organizations, unions and faith groups.
Bob has worked for the state legislature; was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with Senator George Mitchell, was special assistant to Governor Gardner for health; and is a Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Health Services at the University of Washington. He has practiced as a Family Physician for over thirty years in Central and Southeast Seattle with urban under-served people.
He is the Chair of Families USA’s Audit and Finance Committee and has been on Families USA’s Board of Directors since 1993. He is on the board of the Northwest Health Law Advocates, the Steering Committee of the Healthy Washington Coalition and is on the Board of the Children’s Dental Health Project. He is Co-Chair of the Primary Care Coalition in Washington State – a non-partisan coalition of over thirty organizations focused on strengthening primary care in the state.
Bob has a B.A. degree with honors from the University of California, Berkeley; a Special Diploma in Social Studies from Oxford University; and M.D. and M.P.H degrees from the University of Washington.

This webinar is being offered in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, and the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators. Additional support was provided by the County Health Rankings and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. 

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