Online Program

Moving toward accreditation: A local health department's success with strategic planning supported by a phtc

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Barbara Ilardi, CDN, MPA, Health Education, Planning and Evaluation, Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster, NY
Kathleen Percacciolo, Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster, NY
Joanna Eisman, MPH, CHES, CPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York City-Long Island-Lower Tri-County Public Health Training Center, New York, NY
Public health departments are striving to achieve national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Accreditation systematically strengthens and standardizes public health infrastructure nationwide. Despite constrained resources, public health leaders are prioritizing development of the three pre-requisite documents for application: community health assessment (Standard 5.1), community health improvement plan (Standard 5.2), and strategic plan (Standard 5.3). HRSA's thirty-seven public health training centers (PHTC) play a critical role in supporting health departments' accreditation efforts. This presentation illustrates the relationship between a local health department and a PHTC that led to the development of a functional and useful strategic plan. Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH), a small health department of 62 staff in New York, partnered with New York City-Long Island-Lower Tri-County Public Health Training Center (NYC-LI-LTC PHTC) in September 2011. NYC-LI-LTC PHTC provides competency-based training to public health workers. In March 2012, PCDOH decided to pursue accreditation. The Accreditation Team then conducted an organizational self-assessment which revealed that assistance was necessary to develop a strategic plan. To aid PCDOH, NYC-LI-LTC PHTC hired a consultant with extensive experience providing training on the strategic planning process. With consultant facilitation, the planning process (Measure 5.3.1A) followed a 6-step framework over 5 months culminating with a complete strategic plan. With this document, PCDOH is closer to readiness to submit an application by January 2014. Moreover, the planning process training entailed consideration of next steps and potential challenges, better preparing PCDOH's Accreditation Team to lead strategic plan adoption (Measure 5.3.2A) and implementation (Measure 5.3.3A).

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe a successful partnership between a local public health department and a public health training center (PHTC) in the accreditation process Explain how a department organizational strategic plan aligns with PHAB Standards and Measures Identify the benefit(s) of public health department accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Discuss the 6-step general framework used in a strategic planning process, and specify critical areas for tailoring and customization

Keyword(s): Accreditation, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in the field of Public Health for over 30 years and am the designated Accreditation Coordinator for the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH). My colleagues and I have been collaborating with the New York City-Long Island-Lower Tri-County Public Health Training Center (PHTC)to determine the training needs of local health department staff. The PHTC funded a contractor to assist the PCDOH in the development of the PCDOH Strategic Plan.
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.