Local Health Departments

Strategy

Local health departments are the governmental body serving a geographical area smaller than a state and recognized as having the primary statutory authority to promote and protect the public's health and prevent disease in humans.  As funding for public health continues to decline, it is imperative that the local health departments (LHD) become more efficient in their operations.  Opportunities to streamline processes and focus on quality improvement can assist LHDs as they adjust to decrease funding.

Local and tribal health departments are eligible for accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  Accreditation will assist LHDs in building on quality improvement, becoming more efficient, and will provide a means to be recognized for achieving high standards in public health as accreditation process is peer reviewed.  The state department of health encourages the LHDs to pursue accreditation, either individually within the local county or multi-jurisdictional. 

Current Local Health Departments Seeking Accreditation

Resources

Fairbanks School of Public Health: 1050 Wishard Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202 - Offers technical assistances among local health departments in their journey of becoming more efficient and assist in bridging the gap between departments and practitioners and academia.  Currently holds webinars to discuss domains, standards, measures, and other items which may be helpful in seeking accreditation.

Indiana Public Health Accreditation Partnership: Offers technical assistance to local health departments while seeking accreditation.  Meetings are held in person on a semi-annual basis.  Partnership works a lot with IU out of the Bloomington area and offers cohort learning sessions.

Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) - Accreditation Materials - ***IMPORTANT NEWS FOR OUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS*** PHAB is currently working on revamping standards for small local health departments.  These standards will be catered to small departments that serve less than 50,000 people and/or have 10 or less full-time employees and are expected to be released later in 2016.

Documents

GAP Analysis State Version 1.5