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HQ Principles Online Course Now Available for Rural Hospitals

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) is offering a self-paced, online course through the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) to assist frontline quality staff in South Dakota Critical Access Hospitals with quality certification. This opportunity is made possible through the South Dakota Flex Grant with no cost to attendees.

HQ Principles is an on-demand certificate program that instills key learnings about quality and patient safety to healthcare professional and leaders. Participants must complete the course by August 31, 2022.

The program, which takes approximately five hours to complete, provides a clear understanding of healthcare quality through six learning modules:

  1. The Evolution of Healthcare Quality
  2. Principles of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  3. Quality Improvement Processes and Methods
  4. Using Data to Make Decisions
  5. Teamwork at All Levels (Stakeholders)
  6. Putting IT ALL TOGETHER: Driving Quality into the Future

Upon completing the modules and passing the post-test, you’ll earn an HQ Principles certificate. This certificate validates your knowledge and understanding of patient safety and quality of care as well as key principles, tools and methodologies needed for quality improvement.

This program is approved for 5.75 nursing contact hours.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM HQ PRINCIPLES?

  • Individuals new to healthcare quality
  • Individuals with newly added responsibilities in healthcare quality
  • Healthcare quality leaders seeking quality-focused education for their team

To learn more, or to register, contact Becky Heisinger, Director of Quality Integration at SDAHO.

The project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $109,692. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS or the US Government.

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