Health improvement is about a lot of things, some simple, some very complex…and there are many concepts and practices that are used to work toward a healthier community.
From birth to senior years, we care about the health of our community.
There are also many institutions and groups, from all sectors, working toward the common goal of a healthy Delaware. However, even in our small state, coordination of efforts and even knowing what other groups are attempting to do it a complex undertaking. For the Division of Public Health, they undertake a periodic review process which helps them to understand the needs of the community, identify gaps in service, and respond to emerging and continuous trends in health and well-being.
To get into the details of this process, read on below.
The State Health Assessment (SHA), State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), and the Division of Public Health’s organizational strategic plan are prerequisites for State Health Departments that pursue National Public Health Accreditation Board Accreditation (PHAB).
The State Health Department’s SHIP addresses the needs of all citizens in the state. The SHIP is a long-term, systematic plan to address issues identified in the SHA. The purpose of the SHIP is to describe how the health department and the community it serves will work together to improve the health of the population in their jurisdiction. The community, stakeholders, and partners can use a solid SHIP to set priorities, direct the use of resources, and develop and implement projects, programs, and policies.
The plan is more comprehensive than the roles and responsibilities of the health department alone, and the plan’s development must include participation of a broad set of community stakeholders and partners. The planning and implementation process is community-driven. The plan reflects the results of a collaborative planning process that includes significant involvement by a variety of community sectors.
As a nationally accredited state health agency, the Division of Public Health (DPH) exists to protect and promote the health of all people in Delaware. To gauge effectiveness in meeting this mission, DPH collects data on and monitor many health outcomes and continually engage in activities to improve these health outcomes.
Answer: The Delaware Division of Public Health is accredited by a national organization – the National Public Health Accreditation Board.
Accreditation provides a framework for a health department to identify performance improvement opportunities, to improve management, develop leadership, and improve relationships with the community.
To become accredited, DPH undertook a number of tasks:
Answer: It is the goal of the Division of Public Health, and of its many partners, to keep you and your loved ones healthy. We want to be the healthiest state in the country, and we have a ways to go before we get there. One way to accomplish this goal is through understanding and coordinating the activities across the State. There are many groups, large and small, including hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s), health focused groups, and coalitions, as well as research and education institutions who each have a role to play. SHIP looks at the big picture.
Answer: Providers and institutions are vital components of a healthy state along with the care that all Delawareans take of themselves and their families. By looking at the big picture, the SHIP can identify gaps in service, as well as opportunities for enhanced collaboration.