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NAHQ Defines the Standard of Excellence

Founded in 1976, the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is the only organization dedicated to healthcare quality professionals, defining the standard of excellence for the profession, and equipping professionals and organizations across the continuum of healthcare to meet these standards.

NAHQ offers the only accredited certification in healthcare quality (the CPHQ), extensive educational programming, networking opportunities, and career resources to help our members meet the challenges they face and demonstrate their value.

Healthcare quality professionals are an indispensable part of the healthcare team, and NAHQ is committed to you and your success at all levels, from new quality specialist to experienced executive.

Over the past few years, NAHQ has experienced tremendous growth. This progress led to NAHQ’s transformation from a shared management model to a stand-alone organization on December 1, 2017.

The transition allows for increased agility in meeting member needs; greater autonomy in decision making, and better efficiencies for investing in new programming and services for healthcare quality professionals. In addition, the transition means NAHQ headquarters has moved to a new Chicago location. NAHQ’s phone number, fax number, and e-mail remain the same to ensure uninterrupted service to our members and customers.

We are working hard to make the transition smooth and seamless. That said, if you experience a glitch, please reach out via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at 847.375.4720 to share it. At NAHQ, we look forward to improvement opportunities!

Our Mission

To prepare a coordinated, competent workforce to lead and advance healthcare quality across the continuum of healthcare.

Our Vision

The healthcare quality profession is recognized and valued as essential.

Our Strategic Goal Areas

Certification and Recertification

The healthcare quality profession is strengthened by certification and recertification programs which are based on industry standards of certifying bodies.


NAHQ is the primary source for healthcare quality education for the healthcare quality professional to advance the profession.

Essential Competencies

NAHQ defines the body of knowledge and competencies for the healthcare quality profession.

Recognition of the Profession

Individuals working in healthcare quality identify themselves as members of the profession and employers recognize the profession.

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