Quality Improvement

This webinar explores quality improvement efforts that resulted from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health reform initiatives. It presents a high-level overview of the different improvements in healthcare delivery, public health, and other health sectors. Guest speakers from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the Washington State Health Care Authority!

Workforce Development

This webinar focuses on the different provisions of the ACA that incentivize workforce development for healthcare and public health, as well as how to prepare our workforce to be leaders in a transforming health system.

Community-Based Prevention

The ACA provided a significant amount of funding for local prevention efforts. Decision makers understood that upstream prevention activities that could have a broad impact were an important investment to make. We will review how public health and local community based organizations have been actively leading and participating in a number of these grant-funded programs.

Delivery System Reform

This webinar is a high level overview of different health care delivery system reforms that came out of the ACA, along with a deeper dive into how some of those reforms are being implemented in Washington state and impacting consumers and providers.

Data Technology Reform

Technology and data are primary catalysts for shifting and transforming our entire health system to achieve the Triple Aim. This webinar provides a high-level overview of the components of technology and data reforms, electronic medical records, and new innovative health tech that will lead us into the future.

Insurance and Coverage Reform

The ACA has revolutionized the ways US residents access health insurance. This webinar reviews the individual mandate that requires all US citizens to have insurance (or pay a fee), looks at the online insurance marketplaces that were created as a result of that mandate and touches on Qualified Health Plans and the free Essential Health Benefits that come with those plans.


The Public Health Open Spaces: Elements of Health System Transformation and Innovation webinars were recorded at the Washington State Department of Health. The webinars help public health professionals better understand recent and future changes related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). You can view all seven videos on this page, or go to the Public Health Centers for Excellence You Tube channel to view them.

"Open Spaces" topics include:
  • Insurance and Coverage Reform
  • Data Technology Reform
  • Delivery System Reform
  • Community Based Prevention
  • Payment Reform 
  • Workforce Development
  • Quality Improvement

For more information about these webinars, please contact  PracticeHub@doh.wa.gov

Payment Reform

Reducing costs and improving how we pay for care is one of the cornerstones of health systems transformation and innovation. Through this webinar, participants will learn how we’re restructuring the system to incentivize providing the right care at the right time by the right provider. This webinar provides a high-level overview of payment reform components including:

  • Pay for Performance
  • Outcomes-based Reimbursement
  • Value-Based Reimbursement

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