Overcome scarcity

Successfully completing a public health project is an extraordinary challenge: Project managers must not only work with limited resources, tight budgets, and strict deadlines, they must also carry the sponsoring agency's reputation and future on their backs. If any project fails, the agency may very likely lose significant future streams of financial support that it uses to develop key projects as well as to keep its doors open. This article--authored by the executive director of the Maryland (USA)-based National Association for Public Health Information Technology (NAPHIT)--discusses her organization's effort to encourage its member agencies to embrace standard project management practices and procedures when implementing projects. It also describes the activities NAPHIT is developing to help its members understand project management, activities such as partnering with PMI's Healthcare Project Management Specific Interest Group (SIG) to present computer-based training and to provide NAPHIT members with acces
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