A Message from the UAHQ President, Shelly Rives

Hello UAHQ members, happy 2021!!!
I’m sure you all are excited to see 2020 over and to start a new year.  The UAHQ board is getting ready to bring a great year of fun, education, and celebrating the unique skills and insights Quality professionals bring to healthcare. 
I would like to integrate last year’s NAHQ’s Healthcare Quality Framework into our educational offerings.  The framework is of Foundational, Proficient, and Advanced competencies for the healthcare quality professional. It describes the knowledge and skills required for developing and leading a successful healthcare quality (HQ) program.  There are 8 dimensions:
    1. Professional Engagement
    2. Quality Leadership and Integration
    3. Performance and Process Improvement
    4. Population Health and Care Transitions
    5. Health Data Analytics
    6. Patient Safety,
    7. Regulatory and Accreditation
    8. Quality Review and Accountability
Within the dimensions are 29 competencies and 486 skills that HQ professionals can gage their own proficiency.  The framework also allows organizations to improve the existing team and hiring process by evaluating against competencies not just background.  And lastly the framework gives Universities a basis for degree curriculum. With all this exciting NAHQ development of professional competencies we can evaluate ourselves and show our value to the healthcare community. Check it out here: NAHQ Healthcare Quality Competency Framework – National Association for Healthcare Quality
I look forward to serving and working with you.
Warm regards,
Shelly Rives, 2021 UAHQ President

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