The Administration’s Planning, Evaluation, and Policy (PEP) unit primarily works in three areas: facilitating the implementation of the Health Department Strategic Plan, aligning and monitoring the department’s performance standards with national public health accreditation requirements, and addressing social and environmental policies and practices that contribute to creating more equitable health outcomes.
- The Strategic Plan contains three initiatives to empower the community, enhance community safety, and improve access to care. PEP facilitates the implementation of these three initiatives through input from and partnership with Health Department staff, community partners, and residents countywide to achieve health equity using a regional approach. Core to this work is identifying high priority target areas through the analysis of the distribution of health outcomes as related to the social determinants of health. In addition, PEP provides health equity-related training for staff and partners, creates processes for coordinating cross-Bureau activities, and coordinates efforts around the initiatives with other county agencies and nonprofit partners.
- National Public Health Accreditation achievement is supported by developing continuous quality improvement methods and performance measures for all Bureaus and the Department and assuring they are aligned to 12 national public health accreditation standards. Performance measures are monitored by PEP. Tools for this work include a Community Health Status Assessment report, a Workforce Improvement plan, customer satisfaction surveys, and a Community Health Improvement plan to help assure the Department is working at capacity to fulfill its mission and reach its goals.
- Health in All Policies (HiAP) addresses health equity by working to incorporate health and wellbeing considerations and prerequisites into policy development for all sectors and in the County’s general plan HiAP engages Health Department staff, key community members, and community leaders in efforts to improve social and environmental conditions that affect individual and public health.
- Access to Care Together, health insurance, local care options, and a usual source of care help to ensure access to health care. Having access to care allows individuals to enter the health care system, find care easily and locally, pay for care, and get their health needs met. Staff also oversees strategies to increase access and conducts Health Department outreach, enrollment and retention activities in relation to Affordable Care and as part of access to care equity efforts.
Additionally, PEP supports the Health Department and neighborhood health equity improvement efforts by assisting health department programs and community organizations with program evaluation, chronic disease and built environment data requests and health impact reviews, and providing grant writing support for cross-systems grant proposals.