Bridging the shrinking gap between public health and healthcare
Public health is feeling a squeeze. State and local budgets are shrinking even as hospitals are expanding into the community health arena. In this environment, traditional public health organizations increasingly feel compelled to engage in more formalized and complex planning initiatives to establish their worth in a more tangible way. Today, public health strategic planning is a necessity, not a luxury.
For many public health departments across North America, accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is the preferred credential to prove their effectiveness. Since the program formally launched in 2011, dozens of governmental health departments have received five-year accreditation, hundreds more are pursuing accreditation, and others are using the PHAB process as a template for their own quality initiatives. While the benefits of accreditation are obvious – including improved performance, expanded recognition and the possibility of increased funding – the process itself can be daunting.
Ascendient works with public health departments, whether seeking accreditation or not, to plan for their future and complete the documentation that must be submitted as part of the accreditation process, such as:
Public health strategic planning – from the healthcare strategy experts
Through its experience working with public health agencies, Ascendient is familiar with the PHAB-required components of these efforts and currently works with health departments to ensure that the documents produced through these processes include the necessary components. Moreover, Ascendient will assist with the documentation of the linkages among the various components, and, where appropriate, work with the organization to verify the inclusion of the PHAB standards and measures in these documents.
We have extensive experience bringing various constituencies together to collaborate on planning efforts – not only hospitals and health departments, but also mental health and social service providers, health clinics, FQHC’s and various government entities. For those seeking accreditation, Ascendient can integrate these traditional services into the accreditation process, providing public health organizations with functional, effective and comprehensive documents that meet PHAB standards while advancing each client’s unique strategic goals.
To learn more about Ascendient’s public health strategic planning or accreditation services, please contact Brian Ackerman at 240-776-4752.