Continuous evaluation and improvement are essential components when implementing an organization’s CHNA strategic plan to improve community health. Applying Lean methodology can support this process and lead to improvements in performance measure tracking and resource utilization. This will save time and allow focused attention on value-add activities that directly impact community health goals. As population health improvements are recognized, a collaborative, transparent communication strategy can heighten awareness increasing both hospital staff and community engagement.
+ Identify Lean methodology principles and how they can be applied to inform a continuous improvement process, save time, improve resource efficiencies, and implement actions to sustain improvements long after the project ends resulting in the longevity of community health outcomes.
+ Discuss implementation activity peer best practices to understand various approaches to addressing significant health needs while utilizing evidence-based interventions providing the greatest likelihood of success.
+ Review tips on how to incorporate a communication strategy to increase community and hospital staff awareness and engagement, staff awareness and engagement.
Tony Troester, MBA, MPH, MS, PMP, CSSBB, Process Improvement Lead, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Des Moines
Ashley O’Donnell, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Clinical Improvement Consultant and Cari Seddon, MA, RD, CDE, Director, Community Integration, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Des Moines