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College of Public Health Alumna Honored as Innovative Practitioner

UK College of Public Health alumna, April Harris, MPH, CHES, has been honored by her colleagues as an innovative Quality Improvement practitioner.  The Innovative Quality Improvement Practitioner honor recognizes individuals who have championed a Quality Improvement (QI) effort and culture in their public health practice.  Ms. Harris was chosen due to her progressive thinking and commitment to incorporating QI into her agency’s processes, as well as for her enthusiasm and passion for public health.

Ms. Harris is the first QI Coordinator for her agency, Three Rivers District Health Department, which serves Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, and Pendleton Counties.  Under her QI leadership, the agency has restructured its shared network drive through a Kaizen event, has increased its participation in Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, and completed a revised National Public Health Performance Standards Program facilitation.

Ms. Harris also fills the role of Accreditation Coordinator for Three Rivers District Health Department and, in that position, organized the agency’s first mock site visit and documentation review, which ultimately assisted the organization in achieving national accreditation.  She believes the key to implementing effective public health QI initiatives lies in keeping the level of engagement and enjoyment from staff high.

“Celebrate successes and make it fun!” she said.  “We devote time at each staff meeting to discuss quality improvement projects and recognize those that have had positive results.”

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