262901 Implementing Community Health Plans: The Real Story in Local Health Departments

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Valerie Webb, MPH , Community Epidemiology and Health Planning, Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest, IL
Christina Welter, DrPH, MPH , Deputy Director, Prevention Services, Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest, IL
Steven Seweryn, EdD, MPH , Community Epidemiology and Health Planning Unit, Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest, IL
Sandra Martell, RN, MS, DNP , Cook County Department of Public Health, Forest Park, IL
Current research and practice standards support the considerable importance that has been placed on community participation in developing and implementing successful population health improvement plans. Equally critical and yet less recognized factors affecting success include the organizational dynamics and capacity of the local health department (LHD) to meet the demands of implementing plans requiring increased collaboration both within the community and in the LHD. The successful LHD will need to undergo significant organizational shifts to position for success.

WePLAN2015, CCDPH's community health assessment and health improvement plan, was developed with a vision and an implementation model for a sustainable, systems approach. Among the components of the model are an agency cross-disciplinary and management leadership structure, agency cross-disciplinary health priority action teams that coordinate agency activity and performance measurement. Publicly committed by an agency strategic plan, aligning the community health improvement plan to PHAB accreditation, CCDPH has initiated implementation of the broad based health plan, while addressing internal factors that could challenge implementation. As health departments are focused on achieving public health accreditation, major consideration must also be given to the organizational structure and function of the health department to successfully implement the health improvement plan.

Participants who attend this session will learn about the implementation and design issues identified within a local health department challenging successful implementation of a community health improvement plan. Potential strategies, models and tools to meet these challenges will be offered.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the importance of organizational dynamics and internal capacity within a local health department as it relates to successful implementation of a community health improvement plan and PHAB accreditation.

Keywords: Community Health Planning, Accreditation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author on the content because I am the Accreditation Coordinator for our agency and a Regional Health Officer in a leadership position responsible for health improvement planning.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.