Realizing transformational change through quality improvement in public health

William Riley, Helen M. Parsons, Grace L. Duffy, John W. Moran, Brenda Henry

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Abstract

Objective: This article discusses the specific components necessary to achieve transformational change within public health departments as a means for creating sustained performance improvement and better outcomes in the health of the community. Design: This article provides a review of transformation change concepts and application to public health departments. Results: Transformational change for public health departments must be intentionally designed to achieve high performance. While all improvement requires change, not all change results in improvement. Conclusion: The successful transformational change effort always occurs from the top-down, while the process improvement occurs from the bottom-up. Transformational change is possible in public health departments when small incremental improvements are linked with large-scale management changes to continually improve public health performance resulting in better population outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-78
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Public health
  • Quality improvement
  • Transformational change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy
  • Medicine(all)

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Realizing transformational change through quality improvement in public health. / Riley, William; Parsons, Helen M.; Duffy, Grace L.; Moran, John W.; Henry, Brenda.

In: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Vol. 16, No. 1, 01.2010, p. 72-78.

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Riley, William ; Parsons, Helen M. ; Duffy, Grace L. ; Moran, John W. ; Henry, Brenda. / Realizing transformational change through quality improvement in public health. In: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2010 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 72-78.
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