Recommendations and Best Practices for the Redevelopment of the New Jersey Local Health Evaluation Report (Rutgers 2010)

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Recommendations and Best Practices for the Redevelopment of the New Jersey Local Health Evaluation Report (Rutgers 2010)
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"Without a sustained effort to define and measure the value of public health services, the public health system will have an increasingly difficult time competing for scarce public resources.” -- Megan Ix, “Measuring the Value of Public Health Systems.” Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO), Academy Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Volume XI, No. 1, January 2008).

This report summarizes Rutgers' findings and recommendations to improve the existing Local Health Evaluation Report (LHER) that local health departments (LHDs) are required to submit annually to the NJDHSS Office of Local Public Health.  The goal of revising the LHER is to more effectively evaluate LHA capacity, performance, and outcomes, and to improve the provision of local public health services in New Jersey.
 
To that end, Rutgers concluded that NJDHSS should do the following:
  • Standardize and clearly define LHA responsibilities
  • Identify and incorporate relevant data sources and indicators into the revised LHER
  • Standardize and computerize data collection and management practices
  • Provide open and timely access to public health data and reports
  • Actively support quality improvement of LHAs

Read the full report for more information.  Please share your comments, questions, and suggestions below, and thanks!

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