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NOVEMBER 21, 2017

Accreditation update

The Health District is just three months away from the deadline for submitting documents to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  Health District team members are ensuring appropriate documents have been selected and reviewing each one to make sure they meet the requirements as spelled out by the standards and measures set by PHAB.

If you are interested in participating in this important step in the process, contact Tanya Sutton at extension 1363.

It all starts with
an I-D-E-A

Identify who we are and what we do best.

Develop a strategy to find documentation that best represents how programs at the Health District are effectively meeting the needs of the community.

Evaluation comes after the site visitors have reviewed our documents.

Accreditation is achieved!

Quality Improvement equals Quality Circle:
What does one have to do with the other?

A goal of public health accreditation is to promote high performance and continuous quality improvement, and a Quality Circle is a tool that will help us reach our goal. A Quality Circle is a participatory tool that enlists the help of employees in solving problems related to their jobs.  The objective of a Quality Circle is to: (1) identify a problem and (2) present a solution.

In September, you may have attended the Environmental Health Expo. Members of an Environmental Health Quality Circle found that many people outside of the Health District as well as other Health District staff were unaware of the Division’s programs and its diverse reach into the community. The solution? The first ever Environmental Health Expo, which was held on Environmental Health Day, September 26. The Expo provided interactive displays and booths to highlight environmental health programs as well as other Health District services. The effort was led by Tamara Giannini, Shanae Acevedo, and Willandra Whiting.

This activity serves as a perfect example of a Quality Circle and accreditation’s Quality Improvement Plan in action.

Mobile Health Collaborative

The Mobile Health Collaborative held its second event on October 20 at Whitney Park. More than 200 families were provided with services that included primary care, behavioral health and addiction information, immunizations, dental and vision screenings, Medicaid enrollment assistance, and housing information. Partners included Health Plan of Nevada, Touro University, Three Square, UNLV, Mexican Consulate/Ventanillas de Salud, and Dignity Health.

The Collaborative is a direct result of the Community Health Improvement Plan’s Access to Healthcare priority group, a key piece of the accreditation process. Its goal is to link clients to a cross-section of public services. The Collaborative’s first event was held in March and connected 156 families with services. This type of direct interaction provides clients with real-time assistance as well as follow-up services after the event.

Accreditation Consultant

Tamara Bannan has been selected as the Accreditation Consultant for the Health District. Ms. Bannan was the Accreditation Coordinator for San Diego County from 2009 to 2015, and she continues to provide technical assistance to other health departments on the topic of public health accreditation. Her experience includes serving as a Public Health Accreditation Board site visitor. Ms. Bannan will work with staff and the accreditation team to prepare for the submission of appropriate documents. She will also review the process the Health District is using as part of its accreditation efforts to help the agency successfully achieve Public Health Accreditation. In her role as Accreditation Consultant, she will provide the Health District with an action plan, if necessary, as the February 2018 submission date nears.


In September 2017, the Public Health Accreditation Board awarded nine public health departments with accreditation.

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Healthy Southern Nevada

Public Health Accreditation Board

Contact Us

Emily Elzeftawy, MPA
Executive Admin. Analyst
Southern Nevada Health District
Ext. 0963

Tanya Sutton
Public Health Associate Program, Centers for Disease Control
Southern Nevada Health District
Ext. 1363

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