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 Reach

Our Team

Holly Howard, MPH

Holly Howard, MPH

NQIC 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

NQIC Advisor


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.

Our Partners

Population Health Improvement Partners link
National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers link
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