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Our Story

Founded in 1976, NAHQ is the leader in the development of industry-standard healthcare quality competencies and certification in healthcare quality.

NAHQ provides a strategic advantage to professionals working in healthcare quality and healthcare organizations in their quest to reduce variability in care delivery and drive value through improved outcomes. 

  • We are proud to offer the only accredited certification in healthcare quality,theCertified Professional in Healthcare Quality – the CPHQ®. Today, more than 15,000 healthcare professionals hold the CPHQ globally.  
  • NAHQ exists to advance the healthcare quality profession and serves as the professional home for nearly 9,000 members

Our Mission

To prepare individuals and organizations to lead, inspire, and advance healthcare quality and safety across the continuum, while unleashing their potential.

Our Vision

A coordinated, competent and resourced workforce in healthcare quality is viewed as essential to achieving excellence in quality, safety, equity and value.

Code of Ethics and Conduct

View the Code of Ethics and Conduct for Healthcare Quality Professionals.

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Support the clinical and non-clinical workforce with alignment around healthcare quality and safety competencies and skills.

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Champion organizations who aim to unleash the human potential of their workforce and leaders with focused effort on healthcare quality and safety.

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Lead the industry as a data-driven organization who is the trusted resource, and set the standard around quality infrastructure, workforce planning and workforce development.

Our Leadership

The NAHQ Board of Directors are esteemed healthcare quality leaders who lead the development of NAHQ’s vision and mission.

Our Staff

NAHQ staff are dedicated to serving professionals in healthcare quality by contributing their talents to support NAHQ's programs and advance its mission. View open positions.

Our History

NAHQ's successes are attributed to the great members and volunteers who work to further our mission.

NAHQ by the Numbers



NAHQ members are equipped and empowered to do healthcare quality better, which in turn makes healthcare better.


CPHQ Certified

The Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) is the only accredited certification in healthcare quality. It validates knowledge of healthcare quality practices and competencies.



More than 100 healthcare quality leaders volunteer their time and share their expertise each year to help us accomplish NAHQ’s goals. This collective effort helps elevate our visibility and credibility as an industry leader.

Work at NAHQ

Professionals who thrive in an innovative, fast-paced workplace will enjoy working at NAHQ. The organization may have been founded more than 40 years ago, but we possess the drive and optimism of a start-up.

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NAHQ Trademarks

NAHQ® receives frequent requests from individuals and organizations to utilize NAHQ logos, marks and work products. Learn more about intended uses, solutions and instructions on how to properly request permission from NAHQ.

NAHQ Bylaws

The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation organized and operated exclusively for non-profitable purposes in accordance with Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(6).

Donate to the Healthcare
Quality Foundation

The Healthcare Quality Foundation (HQF) promotes the continued advancement of the healthcare quality profession by supporting research and development, education and related activities.

Connect with NAHQ Members

Connect to a network of like-minded peers to support your long-term career success.

Review NAHQ's Annual Reports

NAHQ’s annual report provides members and the public an opportunity to review the organization’s initiatives, successes and financial status for the past year.

Stay Up to Date on NAHQ News

NAHQ is advancing knowledge of the healthcare quality profession. 

Press Releases

The Prestigious Award Honors the Most Influential and Impactful Leaders in the Healthcare Industry CHICAGO (Dec. 4, 2023) – The National Association for Healthcare Quality® (NAHQ) proudly announced today that Stephanie…

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National Association for Healthcare Quality Celebrates Growing Profession and Discipline with Special Events During Healthcare Quality Week Oct. 15-21 Exclusive Screening of Award-Winning HBO Documentary BLEED OUT to be Featured Among…

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The quality-driven health system has committed to NAHQ’s Workforce Accelerator® solution for healthcare quality and safety advancement. CHICAGO (Aug. 17, 2023) – The National Association for Healthcare Quality® (NAHQ) is…

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CHICAGO (May 31, 2023)—The National Association for Healthcare Quality® (NAHQ) has been invited to share its insights on improving healthcare quality and safety through the workforce at the 2023 thINc360…

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NAHQ CEO Recognized for Chief Staff Executive Achievement  The Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Staff Executive Achievement is the highest honor the Association Forum bestows on an association professional. …

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CHICAGO (March 21, 2023) – The National Association for Healthcare Quality® (NAHQ) has announced its new board members: Nidia S. Williams, PhD, MBB, CPHQ, FNAHQ, as its 2023 president; Patricia Resnik,…