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AUGUST 16, 2017

Document selection: We’re halfway there!

Documentation teams are meeting to identify, submit, and review domain documentation as it is submitted.

Domain 4 is complete!

What, exactly, is Domain 4? It is the Domain where we demonstrated our ability to engage with the community to identify and address health problems.

Domain 8, the section where we demonstrate how we maintain a competent public health workforce, is 90 percent ready for submission.

Documents are reviewed to make certain that examples we are providing to the Public Health Accreditation Board meet the standards set for the domain. For example, our Domain 4 documents include agendas of meetings with partners and coalition rosters to show the ways that we are engaging the community.

Quality Improvement

Accreditation is all about Quality Improvement to help us better deliver services to the community. To date, the Quality Improvement Team members have been designated and we look forward to updating you on their progress.

Priority Group Updates

The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), completed in 2016, introduced several new initiatives to improve the health and well-being of our community.

Access to Health Care —

  • The Nurse Call Line is up and running. The Nurse Call Line connects non-emergency 9-1-1 callers with a nurse who can offer assessments. This frees up emergency response times and assists people to access care.
  • The Mobile Health Collaborative, an effort to link clients with a cross section of public services, held its first event in April and assisted 156 families. The next event is scheduled for October 20 at Whitney Recreation Center. The Collaborative includes 50 community partners.

Chronic Disease —

Increasing physical activity and reducing tobacco use are big pieces of this portion of the CHIP. In recent months, this workgroup, which includes staff from the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and their program activities, has had several successes:

  • The Regional Transportation Commission adopted its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The plan was developed over an 18-month period with significant public input. The plan includes recommendations to expand bike networks and supports programs and policies to support biking and walking in Southern Nevada.
  • The City of North Las Vegas adopted a comprehensive Complete Streets Policy that includes 10 elements recommended by the National Complete Streets Coalition. Complete Streets are roadways that are designed to be safe for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
  • The Healthy Vending initiative is a program to increase access to healthy foods and beverages in vending locations. Program staff worked to develop and adopt a Nutrition Standards Policy for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR) Business Enterprise Program (BEN), including our own Aroma Café. DETR is adopting the policy in the 28 cafes and snack bars, and the more than 900 vending machines statewide operated as part of the BEN program. The Nutrition Standards Policy will apply to all concessions, micro-markets, cafeterias, cafes, snack bars, vending machines, and any other food outlets operated or subcontracted through the BEN program. Implementation will begin later this year.
  • To reduce tobacco use in the community, a brief tobacco use intervention was developed to offer health care providers a tool to identify current tobacco users and refer them to cessation resources. To date, more than 15,000 health care providers in Clark County have been trained on how to talk to their patients about quitting all forms of tobacco.

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