Over the years I’ve volunteered for a wide variety of organizations: The Special Olympics, a school for the blind, Habitat for Humanity, the Alliance Francaise, GLBCC in Orlando, a hospital Trauma Department, the Coalition for the Homeless, and the Orange County Health Department are a few of them. I’ve always had a passion for helping other people and I love to see the tangible benefits of my efforts.
Due to my recent job I’ve had to pare down (at least for now) my volunteer gigs to just one, but it’s a good one: I’m currently serving on a Quality Management Committee for the Orange County Health Department’s Infectious Disease Group.
This group focuses on process and quality improvement - what better opportunity to improve the quality of health care? This month’s meeting focused on an overview of measurement and data in quality improvement, and on sampling patient records, designing a data collection plan, and on collecting data.
Useful info on quality improvement as it specifically relates to HIV care can be found at http://nationalqualitycenter.org/ .
I really think this group will be a great opportunity to improve patient outcomes through estimating available resources, making accurate predictions, aiding in strategic planning, evaluating the effectiveness of existing systems, learning from historical patterns, and creating a dialogue among providers (both clinical and non-clinical).
Outcomes from this committee have the potential to streamline processes and improve patient wait times, reduce costs, and increase client satisfaction.
I look forward to being an active member of this committee, learning a lot, and being able to have a real part in improving health care in the Orlando area.