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Lean Sigma Green Belt Virtual Training

What: Online
When: April 25 - May 24
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Welcome to the registration page for the OPHA Lean Sigma GREEN Belt Workshop!

With its focus on quality improvement and doing more with less, special emphasis will be placed on how Lean Sigma principles, tools and practices can address problems and challenges faced by public health organizations – in particular, those presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our regular 3-day in-person workshop will now be offered through 6 online sessions over two weeks in April.

  • Week 1: April  25-27, 12:30-4:00pm ( 3 x 3.5 hour sessions)
  • Week 2: May 2-4, 12:30-4:00pm ( 3 x 3.5 hour sessions)

About the Green Belt Workshop

Having taken White and Yellow Belt training, you will develop an in-depth understanding of those essential Lean tools and practices that can be applied to increase efficiency and quality of service; improve access to service; increase capacity; decrease/avoid costs; improve satisfaction among staff and community and create an ongoing culture of continuous quality improvement. The Green Belt program will develop the capability and skills to facilitate/lead improvement initiatives within your organization.

The program enables immediate application and benefit through a requirement to complete a workplace improvement project. This ‘apply-it now’ approach can generate tangible benefits for your organization. For example, recent Green Belt projects have focused on improving:

  • Vaccine and medication ordering
  • Intake process for infant and child development programs
  • Condom distribution
  • Student flow through VPD immunization clinics
  • Purchase, storage, assembly and delivery of harm reduction kits

As well as live instructor-led training, participants receive access to a subject matter expert mentor throughout the program. Our mentors have significant experience supporting public health organizations and will provide guidance on all aspects of the program – subject matter queries, project scoping and execution.

Prerequisite: Lean Sigma Yellow Belt Certification

Key Topics:

  • Why Lean in public health
  • Lean principles and framework
  • Project identification and selection
  • Lean Green Belt Project Essentials
  • Evaluation of current state/value stream mapping analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement tools (SIPOC, VOC/CTQ)
  • Tools to improve flow (workload balancing and resource leveling)
  • Tools to reduce variation
  • Other important tools (product/service families, driver diagrams, affinity diagrams, force field analysis)
  • Transforming to future state
  • Engaging teams and communicating change
  • Lean leadership

Quality Improvement in Public Health

OPHA is committed to the importance of quality improvement in public health. We seek for Ontario to have a responsive and adaptable system meeting community needs with effective leadership. OPHA in collaboration with the Leading Edge Group offers LEAN sigma training catered specifically for public health professional. We also host informative webinars in efforts to support continuous quality improvement in public health.

Become an OPHA member to take advantage of membership discounts.

Click HERE to learn more about the many benefits of membership.

About OPHA

The Ontario Public Health Association has established a strong record of success as the voice of Public Health in Ontario. We are a member-based, not-for-profit association that has been advancing the public health agenda since 1949. OPHA provides leadership on issues affecting the public’s health and strengthens the impact of those who are active in public and community health throughout Ontario. OPHA does this through a variety of means including advocacy, capacity building, research and knowledge exchange and transfer. Our membership represents many disciplines from across multiple sectors.

Leading Edge Group Trainer: Annette Sonneveld

Annette Sonneveld has over 35 years experience at various public health units across Ontario including Kent Chatham, Middlesex London, North York and Toronto Public Health. She has extensive knowledge and experience managing complex assignments; leading and directing teams; implementing quality improvement and performance management projects and facilitating training. Annette provided leadership and expertise to promote a culture of quality improvement, not only at Toronto Public Health, but across the City of Toronto through her involvement on various city-wide workgroups and committees.

Annette has led multidisciplinary teams, including quality improvement specialists and program evaluators. She has led or participated in many continuous quality improvement (CQI) projects such as increasing the efficiency in processing reportable disease notifications; reducing immunization field data entry errors and increasing the efficiency of student placements. Annette has also provided internal support for many public health staff as they earned their Lean White, Yellow and Green Belts through Leading Edge Group, and developed and implemented Toronto Public Health’s first quality improvement training plan. Annette was a member of the 4-year Locally Driven Collaborative Research Project for CQI in Public Health in Ontario and continues to be a member of the Provincial CQI Community of Practice for Public Health.

A qualified Lean Black Belt, Annette also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor.