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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.

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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