The Williams County Health Department is actively working toward national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This voluntary program requires the successful completion of three pre-requisites as part of the application process:
Accreditation through PHAB will assist Williams County Health Department to:
* identify performance improvement opportunities;
According to PHAB, the accreditation process is designed to encourage and stimulate quality and performance improvement in the health department, as well as foster greater accountability and transparency. The accreditation standards serve as the framework for an objective evaluation process, and are based on the 10 Essential Public Health Services.
The essential public health services have been identified by nationally recognized agencies:
American Public Health Association (www.apha.org)
WCHD uses a Performance Management System to ensure the achievement of its mission and strategic priorities. WCHD systematically collects and analyzes performance data to improve public health results.
The Public Health Performance Management System is based on the Pillars of Excellence (People, Service, Quality, Growth and Finance) and has five components:
WCHD is committed to the development and expansion of a quality improvement culture to ensure the provision of high quality services. Quality Improvement is an integral part of a learning organization: using data when making decisions to improve policies, programs, and outcomes.
WCHD maintains a Quality Improvement (QI) Plan that is monitored and implemented by the QI Council to provide guidance about how to improve quality throughout the organization. The QI Plan describes the processes and activities that will be put into place to ensure quality deliverables are produced consistently and are continuously improved.