142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Collaborative models supporting advancement in local health department accreditation readiness

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 : 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Reena Chudgar, MPH , Program Analyst for Assessment and Planning and Accreditation Preparation and Quality Improvement, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Washington, DC
National, voluntary public health department accreditation seeks to advance quality and performance within health departments to ensure delivery of quality public health services and thus laying the foundation for improved population health. As local health departments (LHDs) prepare for accreditation, they are increasingly recognizing the value of support and sharing from peers and other public health agencies familiar with accreditation.   Across the US, different and innovative collaborative models that contribute to advancing accreditation readiness, and improving population health, are emerging and are being replicated elsewhere. This session will describe and provide specific examples of these collaborative models, including the following: formal and informal peer mentorship or networking between local health department staff; two or more LHDs working together to complete community health assessments and improvement plans; and other public health agencies or affiliates (public health institutes, state health departments, academic institutions, and State Associations of County and City Health Officials) providing accreditation-related technical assistance or other support to constituent LHDs. Benefits and lessons learned will also be shared with the audience.  By leading or participating in these collaborative models, LHDs and other public health agencies can approach improving population health through a more cohesive lens, and thus increasing the impact than any one agency may have alone.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe different collaborative models in which local health departments are participating to advance their readiness for national accreditation Discuss lessons learned from these various collaborative models

Keyword(s): Accreditation, Public Health Infrastructure

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been at NACCHO working directly on accreditation preparation activities for over three years. I have direct knowledge of the work of local health departments in this arena.
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.