Editor’s Note: This is part one of a three part series on the Meigs County Health Department’s annual report. Today, we look at an overview of milestones and achievements for 2016, as well as the financial report and the steps toward accreditation. In upcoming articles to appear on June 13 and 14, we look at the individual programs at the health department and the services provided.
POMEROY — The 2016 annual report from the Meigs County Health Department details milestones and achievements throughout the year, as well as the numerous services provided through the department.
Milestones and Achievements
Milestones and achievements in 2016 included,
- The passage of a replacement levy in November 2016, which was approved in all by one of the 27 precincts in the county;
- Started the weekly “Meigs Health Matters” column in the Sunday Times-Sentinel;
- Raised the department’s online visibility with a new website and social media;
- Re-established school-based head lice screening with 1,835 children checked;
- Assisted with the largest to date Meigs County Cleanup Day;
- Completed five outreach flu vaccination clinics in the county;
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) served 476 participants;
- Implemented a tobacco cessation program;
- Hired Marcus Barr as the health commissioner;
- Created the Health Communities Program which funded many projects in the county;
- Partnered with OU and OSU to provide screenings for breast and cervical cancer;
- Developed a county-wide Zika virus preparedness plan via a public health emergency preparedness grant;
- Started a food safety manager and a food handlers training program;
- Re-established an animal rabies vaccination clinic;
- Approved for $180,000 in principal forgiveness loans to assist homeowners to repair or replace failing household sewage treatment systems;
- Assisted with disposal of over 2,000 scrap tires;
- Completed several departmental improvement plans required for accreditation;
- Partnered with Rio Grande University/Community College to develop a countywide “community health improvement plan” (CHIP);
- Provided naloxone training to several local law enforcement agencies and residents;
- Helped expand the “weekend food backpack program” for each school district;
- Provided 18 Meigs County families with cribs and safe sleep education for infants;
- Provided garden projects in all school districts, educated over 200 students on growing vegetables, good nutrition and sustainable agriculture
- Collaborated with mature services to place a senior worker with the health department
- Continued staff participation or leadership in relay for life; Meigs County Cancer Initiative, Inc; Meigs County Child and Family Health Consortium; LEPC; Meigs County Healthcare Coalition; OSU Extension advisory board; Meigs County Family and Children First Council; Creating Health Communities (CHC) Coalition; Meigs County Prevention Coalition (drug task service), and Get Healthy, Meigs;
- Children with medical handicapsprogram served 67 families in Meigs County;
- Vital statistics registered record number of county deaths — 240;
- Promotion of Sherry Eagle to WIC Director.
Total revenue for the health department in 2016 was $1,297,668.04, with expenditures totaling $902,915.44.
The largest revenue sources were $405,064.07 in Ohio Department of Health funded projects and grants, $318,194.11 in local funding (health levy, sub-grants, government entities).
The largest expenditures were in the areas of health promotion (tobacco control/prevention, injury prevention, chronic disease, infant mortality and pre-term birth prevention) at $337,196.92, general administration at a total of $289,791.12, and environmental health at $94,272.52.
A carryover balance of $90,000 is needed to begin the year and operate until the first half tax collection.
The health department is required to gain national accreditation by July 2020 and has taken steps toward that goal during 2016.
Those steps have included,
- Completed the MCHD Quality Improvement Plan which focuses on improving services
- Completed the MCHD Branding Policy which increases departments “visibility” in the community.
- Completed the MCHD Workforce Development Plan which focuses on up-to-date training needs of employees.
- In progress is the MCHD Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) being developed by partnering with the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College and Get Healthy Meigs! The CHIP will focus the betterment of the health of Meigs County residents based on needs identified in the Community Health Assessment completed in 2015.
- Received $15,000 grant from ODH to complete CHIP.
- Completed the MCHD Emergency Response Plan update
- In progress is the gathering of more than 400 MCHD documents required for review by PHAB
- Added the Core Competencies of Public Health to MCHD employee job descriptions.
- Received a $15,000 subsidy from ODH to use for IT and Accreditation purposes.
- MCHD Human Relations Committee established