Invitations to participate were sent to representative partners in the Orange County Public Health Laboratory System (OCPHL System) such as: Public Health Administrators, program managers from public health divisions (Epidemiology, Disease Control, Tuberculosis Control, Family Health) and supervisory staff from Environmental Health, Hazmat, Public Health Information Technology, Vector Control and the County Sanitation District. Outside stakeholders included the FBI, FDA, University of California at Irvine, Chapman University, local clinical and reference lab staff as well as surrounding county public health laboratory directors and a laboratory director from the California Department of Public Health Laboratory in Richmond. Fifty seven individuals participated in the assessment. Meeting specifics
Date:March 18, 2014 Time:8:00 - 4:30 p.m. Location: Public Health Learning Center, Santa Ana, California Facility:Link to site Map
An orientation was conducted to help everyone understand the background for the assessment. The attendees were broken into 3 groups and each group was assigned 3 of the 10 Essential Services areas to discuss. Professional facilitators skilled in public health conducted the assessment. The day concluded with a short summary of the findings and the overall scores.
Most participants were provided with background information and an electronic copy of the assessment tool in advance of the assessment meeting. It was suggested that participants briefly review the document to get some feel for the kinds of questions that would be asked. Experience in other states had shown that when participants had reviewed the tool in advance, the assessment process was more comfortable and goes more smoothly.
Participants were strongly encouraged to continue to be engaged in the improvement process of the OCPHL System. Improvement committees are being formed based on the findings of the L-SIP assessment and improvement processes initiated.
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