Tuesday, 11 October 2016 04:23

Celebrating Healthcare Quality Week, October 16-22

Written by Jessica Weglarz

The work of healthcare quality professionals is critical to reducing waste and improving health outcomes, and the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is leading efforts to celebrate this good work. Healthcare Quality Week takes a time-out to celebrate and say thanks for this good work.

Every day, healthcare quality professionals contribute to organizations and the communities around the globe by: 

  • Leading continuous improvement initiatives
  • Effecting, monitoring, and analyzing existing and new processes and outcome measures
  • Integrating new evidence-based practices into healthcare delivery
  • Keeping patients safe and limiting risk
  • Leading population health management
  • Ensuring regulatory and accreditation requirements are achieved
  • Making sense of the volume to value movement; limiting waste and improving outcomes and reimbursements.  

“Healthcare quality professionals play a critical role in improving an organization’s or health system’s clinical and financial outcomes,” says NAHQ President Michael Greer, RN MHA CPHQ CHCP. “Many times the nature of their work means they’re behind the scenes, making a remarkable difference.”

While the hard work and dedication of these professionals may sometimes go unnoticed, NAHQ set out to recognize the impact of these indispensable team members by celebrating Healthcare Quality Week (HQW) annually. Beginning in the early 1980s, HQW was established as a week to recognize the influence that healthcare quality professionals and their organizations have on positive health outcomes. This year, the week takes place October 16-22, and there are several ways to get involved.

NAHQ has developed a number of resources for organizations and individuals to join our effort to raise awareness for healthcare quality professionals.

  • Observe National Healthcare Quality Week or Day, whichever suits your organization and its budget.
  • Download the free Healthcare Quality Week poster and display it as is. You can add your organization’s information to the customizable poster (for customization, view in Adobe Reader or Acrobat).
  • Host a Lunch-and-Learn presentation (a presentation has been prepared for you)
  • Download the official 2016 HQW logo and e-mail signature.
  • Get social By:
    • Changing your Facebook cover photo and Twitter cover photo to promote HQW.
    • Posting updates and discussions on your social channels using our sample posts. Be sure to use the hashtag #HQW2016.
  • Use the press release template to bring awareness to the great work you do all year long.

NAHQ invites anyone who supports the profession to join in the celebration. Visit NAHQ’s website to download these resources. And, visit the NAHQ Facebook page to see how others are celebrating and to share your own stories and photos. Tell us how you plan to recognize healthcare quality professionals and get energized for the week!

Celebrate this week and what it means to your organization by highlighting your contributions to the profession and sharing them with your internal and external stakeholders.

NAHQ: Committed to Serving Healthcare Quality Professionals

NAHQ defines excellence in the ever-evolving, fast-moving profession of healthcare quality. It identifies and validates the body of knowledge required to serve as a quality professional and provides those individuals with the tools they need to meet that standard. Our members execute quality functions across the continuum of healthcare. They are members of quality departments, direct and ancillary care providers, and healthcare administrators.

“Healthcare quality is evolving at a rapid pace,” explains Stephanie Mercado, BA, CAE NAHQ executive director. “And, while we know all healthcare professionals support quality, we know quality professionals are designed to materially impact and lead these efforts forward. NAHQ is committed to providing healthcare quality professionals with the content, resources and networks that will make them indispensable in their work setting, reducing waste and improving outcomes.”

NAHQ offers extensive educational programming, including a Quality Principles program for professionals new to the field or looking to refresh their knowledge; preparation programs for CPHQ certification; and the industry-elevating HQ Essential Competencies for advanced and master practitioners in healthcare quality. In addition to educational opportunities, NAHQ provides networking through its live events and online NAHQ Network, and career resources though our job board and competencies. Beyond membership, NAHQ collaborates with institutions, corporations, and other organizations to advance the field of healthcare quality.

About the Author
Jessica Weglarz is the Director of Certification, Marketing, and Membership for the National Association for Healthcare Quality. Ms. Weglarz received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Drake University and earned her MBA from Bradley University.

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