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 is currently in the pre-application phase of the accreditation process.

During this time, we are writing 3 main documents, which are prerequisites to apply:

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

In addition to the three main documents, we have also written the:

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

So far, we have accepted and adopted the Workforce Development Plan, QI Plan, PMS Plan, Strategic Plan, and the CHA. We are nearing completion of the Branding Strategy.

The CHIP is currently being written with the help of our community partners, once it is finalized, we will officially apply for Accreditation on August 31, 2018.

In addition to writing these documents, we are also working on the 12 Domains, as outlined by PHAB, which can be found here: http://www.phaboard.org/wp-content/uploads/PHAB-Standards-and-Measures-Documentation-Selection-Spreadsheet-Version-1.51.xlsx.

Each Domain contains standards and measures, by which we measure our readiness for accreditation. Gathering the required documentation for this is a very lengthy and tedious process, but we hope to be done gathering and uploading all of it by February of 2019.

Becoming nationally accredited will be a benefit to all employees of District 4 as well as to the communities that we serve.

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
The development of the Community Health Assessments and Health Improvement Plans will directly involve community input.

OUR FINAL CHIP COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING IS FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2019 (See District 4 Homepage for flyer with details)

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