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Selfassessment of Public Health Essential Services Among Illinois Local Health Department Administrators

Polyak, Georgeen PhD, MS; Madamala, Kusuma PhD, MPH; Vasireddy, Vamsi MD, MPH; Landrum, Laura B. MUPP; Bassler, Elissa J. MFA; Stob, Nicole J. MPH, CHES

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: March/April 2010 - Volume 16 - Issue 2 - p 93–97
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181c87ab8
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This article uses data from a study commissioned by the Illinois Public Health Institute in 2007 as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Multistate Learning Collaborative Grant for exploring accreditation of health departments. Local health departments in Illinois were surveyed on their self-assessed performance in meeting a set of performance standards derived from the Illinois Practice Standards and the Operational Definition of a Functional Local Health Department. All state-certified local health departments were represented in the survey by the 81 respondents. The lowest scores were observed in the evaluate standard (evaluate programs and provide quality assurance in accordance with applicable professional and regulatory standards to ensure that programs are consistent with plans and policies, and provide feedback on inadequacies and changes needed to redirect programs and resources). The findings suggest that new approaches are needed to better integrate evaluation in local health departments beginning with training designed specifically for and informed by local health department administrators.

This article uses data from a study commissioned by the Illinois Public Health Institute in 2007 as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Multistate Learning Collaborative Grant for exploring accreditation of health departments and suggests that new approaches are needed to better integrate evaluation in local health departments beginning with training designed specifically for and informed by local health department administrators.

Georgeen Polyak, PhD, MS, is MPH Program Director and Assistant Professor, Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois.

Kusuma Madamala, PhD, MPH, is Consultant and Adjunct Assistant Professor, UIC School of Public Health, Chicago, Illinois.

Vamsi Vasireddy, MD, MPH, is Public Health Physician and Doctoral Candidate, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago.

Laura B. Landrum, MUPP, is Consultant, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, Virginia.

Elissa J. Bassler, MFA, is Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Public Health Institute, Chicago, Illinois.

Nicole J. Stob, MPH, CHES, is Program Coordinator, Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center, Prevention and Control Program, Aurora, Colorado.

Corresponding Author: Georgeen Polyak, PhD, MS, Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd, Lisle, IL 60532 (gpolyak@ben.edu).

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