What You Should Know
District 4 Public Health coordinates all public health activities and services throughout the district. Various programs, and departments at the district work with the general public, healthcare providers, hospitals, community partners, schools, local, state, and federal offices and agencies, as well as the media, to prevent disease and to protect and promote the health and safety of the district communities.

In late 2014, District 4 Public Health began working toward achieving accreditation through the new Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) certification program. You can learn more about PHAB and the accreditation process here: http://www.phaboard.org/accreditation-overview/

District 4 will officially apply for Accreditation on August 31st, 2018.

All three prerequisite documents needed to apply have been completed:

1. Community Health Assessment (CHA) 2018 Community Health Assessment
2. Strategic Plan (SP) Scanned Signed SP
3. Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Scanned Signed CHIP

In addition to the three main documents, the district has also written the:

1. Quality Improvement (QI) Plan Scanned Signed QIPlan2018
2. Performance Management System (PMS) Plan Scanned Signed PMSystemPlan
3. Branding Strategy
4. Workforce Development Plan.

 

District 4 is also working on the 12 Domains, as outlined by PHAB, which can be found here: http://www.phaboard.org/wp-content/uploads/PHABSM_WEB_LR1.pdf

Each Domain contains standards and measures, by which the organization will measure each department’s readiness for accreditation. Gathering the required documentation is a very lengthy and tedious process, but a goal has been set to gather and upload all documents by December 28, 2018.

Becoming nationally accredited will be a benefit to all employees of District 4 as well as to the communities residing in this district.

Accreditation means:
1. More accountability (to each other and to our clients)
2. More funding (some grants are only available to accredited health departments)
3. Holding ourselves to a higher standard

What You Can Do (August 3, 2018)
– Take a look at the CHIP, here on the website, and see if there is anything that your organization can do to help! If you can, let Alexus Mack know! Her email is: alexus.mack@dph.ga.gov

If you would like you or your organization to be more involved in commenting on health matters critical to your community and the district, please contact us by emailing Susie Hammock: Susie.Hammock@dph.ga.gov