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Starr Earns Certification in Healthcare Quality

Starr Earns Certification in Healthcare Quality

FAIRBURY – Erin Starr RN, chief quality officer at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury, is now a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ.)

The CPHQ is the only accredited certification in the professional of healthcare quality. It incorporates the body of knowledge in the healthcare quality profession, which includes:

  • strategic and operational roles in management and leadership
  • information management, including design and data collection, measurement and analytics, and communication
  • performance/quality measurement and improvement, including planning, implementation and evaluation, and training
  • strategic and operational tasks in patient safety


The program is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence in Washington, D.C.

Starr received a grant through the National Association of Healthcare Quality to help cover the cost of the CPHQ examination. With the grant, she had one year to complete and pass the examination.

In March 2015, the Nebraska Association for Healthcare Quality, Risk and Safety, the state organization, hosted a CPHQ review course in Omaha. We had 62 attendees representing 11 states and 2 countries.  In Aug 2016, we again hosted a CPHQ review course and had 27 attendees.