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Profile and Performance

In 2011, a process started to further align the state improvement standards with that of the national standards adopted by the Public Health Accreditation Board. The Ohio Department of Health, working with the Ohio Voluntary Accreditation Team, reviewed and proposed new minimum performance standards for not only local health departments but also for ODH. The revisions received ample consideration and approval among the public health community and the Public Health Council; the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review and the Ohio Legislature adopting HCR_29 as outlined in Chapter 3701-36. Specifically, for state and local public health, these standards will provide an opportunity to:

  • Develop capacity and performance excellence by sharing best practices;
  • Guide the internal development of continuous quality improvement;
  • Compare Ohio’s progress relative to peer states and communities

The standards accommodate variations in local health departments’ size and capacity, while assuring a common reporting mechanism across the state.  A new reporting database for local and state public health has been developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The tool allows for local health departments to share continuous quality improvement projects, promising practices and strategic planning tools. This application is housed in Ohio's Health Department Profile and Performance Database through the ODH Application Gateway. Financial and state subsidy reports are submitted every year while performance standards reports are submitted on even numbered years as outlined in ODH guidance. The tool also allows local health departments to assess their readiness for accreditation by reviewing the standards and making a determination if they meet the standard and sharing appropriate documentation. Using these standards and reporting tool, many health departments are moving towards accreditation.

The aim of accreditation is to improve the quality of practice and performance within public health departments and to increase accountability of health departments to their stakeholder. As required by law, local health districts are now required to become eligible for accreditation by 2018 (completed community health assessment, health improvement plan and agency strategic plan) and achieve accreditation by 2020.

Assessment, Infrastructure, Practice and Shared Services

 Updated 12/31/2014