Planning, Evaluation, and Policy
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.
Additionally, PEP supports the Health Department and neighborhood health equity improvement efforts by assisting health department programs and community organizations with program evaluation and providing grant writing support for cross-systems grant proposals.
The Strategic Plan consists of 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 or participates in efforts around the initiatives with other county agencies and nonprofit partners. Click here for more information
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 standards. Performance measures are monitored by PEP, using Community Health Status Assessment reports, a Workforce Improvement plan, and a Community Health Improvement plan to help assure the Department is working at capacity to fulfill its mission and reach its goals. Click here for more information
Health in All Policies (HiAP)
HiAP addresses health equity by working to incorporate health and wellbeing considerations and prerequisites into policy development for all sectors beginning with the County. HiAP engages Health Department staff, key community members, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and community leaders in efforts to improve social and environmental conditions that affect individual and public health. The HiAP framework employs a three-prong approach and includes institutional change, community capacity building and policy change efforts. Click here for more information
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