National Quality Improvement Center

Our Charge

The National STD QI Center (NQIC) is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide web-based and hands-on quality improvement (QI) training to Prevention Training Centers (PTCs)  and STD public health programs across the nation.

Through the provision of webinar trainings on QI methods and the facilitation of onsite QI events within local clinical practices, we help to build QI capacity among PTCs and their clinical partners to improve STD screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

We additionally administer an intensive Adolescent Sexual Health (ASH) QI Fellowship for public health professionals in CDC-funded state STD programs and PTCs to build more advanced capacity in the facilitation of clinical QI projects nationally.

Our Approach

Teach the basics of Lean and Model
for Improvement QI methods

Identify indicators to
measure improvements


Observe STD care delivery processes and
identify opportunities for improvement

Test improvements

Follow up on clinic improvements and
sustained changes after the event

Our Programs

Other Technical Assisstance

More information coming soon…

Our Reach

California PTC

Project Title: Improving Chlamydia Screening in a Pediatric Primary Care Clinic in Frenso

2 ASH QI Fellows

University of Washington

PTC Project Title: TBD

St. Louis PTC

Project Title: Improving efficiency in the City of Chicago STD Clinic

New York PTC

Project Title: Improving Chlamydia Screening in Primary Care

2 ASH QI Fellows

New Mexico

2 ASH QI Fellows


2 ASH QI Fellows

Alabama/North Carolina PTC

Project Title: Improving efficiency in the Guilford County STD Clinic

Johns Hopkins PTC

Project Title: Improving STD Care in a FQHC

Sylvie Ratelle PTC

Project Title: Billing Efficiency in the Rhode Island Dept of Health STD Clinic

Our Team

Lindsey Clopp, MSPH

Lindsey Clopp, MSPH

NQIC Coordinator


Lindsey Clopp, MSPH, works with National Network of Prevention Training Centers and their clinical partners to coordinate on-site quality improvement projects to improve STD services. She also coordinates the Adolescent Sexual Health Quality Improvement Fellowship which trains public health professionals in quality improvement methodologies as they apply to clinical settings that serve adolescents.

Holly Howard, MPH

Holly Howard, MPH

NQIC Co-Director


Holly Howard, MPH, uses her 20+ years of national/international public health experience in applied epidemiology, intervention design, and program evaluation to inform the innovative direction of the NQIC and the design of new programs.  She recently exercised these skills in the development of the NQIC’s Adolescent Sexual Health QI Fellowship for public health professionals.  Holly additionally serves as Program Manager for Health Promotion and Healthcare Quality Improvement at the California Department of Public Health’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch and is the director of numerous CDC program and evaluation grants.

Ina Park, MD, MS

Ina Park, MD, MS

Clinical Program Medical Director


Ina Park, MD, MS, is the Medical Director of the California STD/HIV-Prevention Training Center and Chief of the Office of Medical and Scientific Affairs at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) STD Control Branch. She received her Medical Degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine and her Masters of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles and a fellowship in Clinical Sexually Transmitted Diseases at CDPH and the University of California San Francisco. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at the UCSF in the department of Family and Community Medicine and provides clinical care and clinical teaching at San Francisco General Hospital.

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