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Oregon Guidance for the Provision of High-Quality Contraception Services: A Clinic Self-Assessment Tool

The self-assessment tool and strategy resource guide were created by members of the Oregon Preventive Reproductive Health Advisory Council, or OPRHAC, a collaborative of state, local, private and public health professionals. The tool is based primarily on the CDC MMWR Providing Quality Family Planning Services: Recommendations of the CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs, an evidence based national guideline for quality contraception care.


The Strategy and Resource Guide that accompanies the tool is intended to help clinic staff understand and meet the measures included in the tool. The guide offers definitions, strategies, resources and additional citations all related to the provision of high-quality contraception services.


The Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX) is a centralized communication hub dedicated to supporting quality improvement efforts in public health practices throughout the United States. Submit your own quality improvement initiative or search for interventions that might be relevant to your community.

The Turning Point Performance Management Refresh is a refresh of the Turning Point Performance Management Framework, the Performance Management Self-Assessment Tool, and From Silos to Systems: Using Performance Management to Improve the Public’s Health, by the Public Health Foundation. It addresses current challenges, including innovative practices, improves usability, and links the materials to current public health priorities, including public health accreditation.

Public Health Foundation offers training, information, tools and resources for strengthening the quality and performance of public health practice.

Oregon Public Health Division offers resources to assist state, local, and Tribal public health professionals in learning about quality improvement and accreditation.

Public Health Accreditation and Quality Improvement

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of Tribal, state, local, and territorial public health departments.

Continuous quality improvement: An ongoing effort to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, quality, or performance of services, processes, capacities, outcomes. These efforts can seek “incremental” improvement over time or “breakthrough” improvement all at once. Among the most widely used tools for continuous improvement is a four-step quality model, the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle. ~ (National Public Health Performance Standards Program, Acronyms, Glossary and Reference Terms, CDC, 2007)

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