Application Guidelines: Certification Grant Information

The Healthcare Quality Foundation (HQF) Team provided these guidelines to elaborate on the required documentation for the Certification Grant and provide insight into the committee's expectations. Adherence to these guidelines does not assure an applicant of receiving a grant.

Applicants may seek additional clarification from any member of the HQF Team.
 
Purpose of the Grant

This grant provides financial assistance to an individual who has not yet obtained the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality ® (CPHQ). The total number of grant recipients will be determined by the HQF team.

Eligibility

a. Open to all healthcare quality professionals.
b. Current (or newly elected) NAHQ Board of Directors, HQF Board of Directors, Healthcare Quality Foundation Team, Healthcare Quality Certification Commission (HQCC) and lifetime NAHQ members are excluded from applying for this grant.
c. The applicant must be working in the healthcare quality field.
d. The applicant should not yet be a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality ® (CPHQ) at the time of application submission.

Application Guidelines

a. One complete typed copy of the grant application. Hand-written applications are not accepted.
b. Letters of Recommendation: Submit two (2) recommendations from a colleague or supervisor in support of the applicant’s pursuit of CPHQ. Letters should refer to the applicant’s activities as related to Quality or leadership in Performance Improvement projects.

Personal Essays

a. The essay should describe the applicant’s primary job role and its relation to quality and performance improvement. Include any key work accomplishments within the past two (2) years. (250-word maximum)
b. The essay should describe the reasons for seeking certification including the perceived benefits for career advancement. (500-word maximum)

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* 1. First Name:

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* 2. Last Name:

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* 3. Certifications:

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* 4. Licenses:

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* 5. Employer:

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* 8. If you choose other Primary Responsibility or Primary Employer, please enter your response here:

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* 10. Work Title:

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* 11. Mailing Address:

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* 12. Contact Information:

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* 13. How did you hear about the grant?

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* 14. The number of years in Healthcare Quality:

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* 15. Professional Involvement (may include internal committees, professional memberships and/or leadership roles):

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* 16. Primary Job Role (Essay 1)

Please describe your primary job role and its relation to quality and performance improvement, including any key work accomplishments within the past two (2) years. (250-word maximum)

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* 17. Reasons for Seeking Certification (Essay 2)

The essay should describe the reasons for seeking certification including the perceived benefits for career advancement. (500-word maximum)

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* 18. First Letter of Recommendation:

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* 19. Second Letter of Recommendation:

Deadlines

a. Applications are accepted twice yearly at NAHQ’s office in January and July and must be received at
the NAHQ office by January 31 or July 31 by 11:59 PM Central Time.
b.  Applications must be submitted via this survey.
c.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
d.  Completed applications will be reviewed by the Healthcare Quality Foundation (HQF) Team and scored based on the applicant’s compliance with eligibility criteria as well as quality and comprehensiveness of response. The HQF Team has the discretion to recommend recipients to the HQF Board.
e.  If you have not obtained a notification that your application has been received at the NAHQ office after 2 weeks from the send date, please contact NAHQ at hqfgrants@nahq.org.

Questions

For questions about the application process or the grant, please email hqfgrants@nahq.org

Notification

All January applicants will be notified no later than March and all July applicants will be notified no later than September.

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* 20. As a recipient of this grant, I agree to:

a. Utilize grant funds to take the CPHQ exam within one (1) year of the award date.

b. Submit a summary quote or statement to HQF about the benefits of receiving the grant within ninety (90) days of taking the exam to hqfgrants@nahq.org.

c. Grant permission to NAHQ and HQF to use their name in promotion of the HQF grant program in the NAHQ eNews, NAHQ website, at the annual conference, on Facebook and other social media.

d. Grant NAHQ permission to send you email communication. You may unsubscribe from these communications at any time. For information on how to unsubscribe, as well as our privacy practices and commitment to protecting your privacy, please review our Privacy Policy at NAHQ.org.

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* 21. Authorized Signature (Type your full name)

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* 22. Date

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