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The Quality Assurance Project

The Quality Assurance Project (QAP) is a collaborative effort between the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Institute for Public Health at San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health.

The Quality Assurance Project (QAP) was established to assess and improve the quality and effectiveness of California's statewide breast and cervical cancer detection program providers. This included medical record abstraction of representative samples of women served by the Department of Health Care Services, Every Woman Counts (EWC) program.

Today, the QAP continues to assist with the identification of quality assurance issues, and also has a major emphasis on the development and implementation of education and training programs for primary care providers involved in cancer screening throughout California and the nation.

The QAP collaborates with health care professional organizations, health professional schools, residency programs, and malpractice carriers. This website is proud to host professional development and quality improvement products and services developed and presented by the EWC program and the QAP.

Mission Statement

The QAP is dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare delivery for women participating Department of Health Care Services, Every Woman Counts (EWC) program through evidence-based evaluation and education.

Project Goals

  1. To identify quality assurance issues that should be addressed to improve service delivery to eligible women and men.
  2. To develop innovative evidence-based provider training strategies that address identified quality assurance issues.
  3. To evaluate the effectiveness of provider training strategies.
  4. To continue to monitor the quality of program services by providing ongoing medical record review, identification of quality assurance issues, and the development of provider training strategies.
  5. To develop evidence-based cancer education materials for providers and patients.


The Quality Assurance Project (QAP) is funded through a contract with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) ) and administered by the San Diego State University Research Foundation (SDSURF). SDSURF was incorporated in 1943 as an auxiliary organization authorized by the Education Code of the state of California, and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, self-financed, and chartered to provide and augment programs that are an integral part of the educational mission of San Diego State University.

Last updated: September 24, 2013

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