Planning, Quality and Core Services

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The Planning, Quality, and Core Service Program ensures the health department accomplishes its mission by providing support in needs assessment, program planning, program monitoring and tracking, and improving the quality of health services. The program divides its work into the following functional units:  Planning, Quality & Accreditation, Core Service Activities, Local Management Board, and Special Projects.

 

Planning - tracks community health needs, organizes strategic planning, coordinates grant activities, protects patient rights through Institutional Review Board activities, and participates in a variety of health planning committees and councils

Worcester County health assessments and health improvement plans: The Worcester County community health assessment (CHA) and community health improvement plan (CHIP) are developed by Worcester County Health Department with the assistance and advice of the Worcester County Health Planning Advisory Council & Local Health Improvement Coalition.

Click the image below for a full schedule of LHIC meetings for 2019:

 

Community Data: The Planning and Quality Program produces data reports on the health needs of Worcester County.  These reports are available for download on this website.
2012 Community Health Assessment
2012 Worcester County Report Card
Worcester County Network of Care
2009 Community Health Assessment Report


Quality & Accreditation:
establishes and maintains agency accreditation, coordinates and facilitates quality improvement activities, provides staff training, and develops and maintains agency dashboard measures.alt
  • The Joint Commission: Worcester County Health Department’s behavioral and ambulatory care programs are fully accredited by The Joint Commission which requires strict adherence to the highest standards of quality and safety in patient care.
  • Public Health Accreditation Board: As of 2014, Worcester County Health Department has received additional accreditation, with a primary focus on the provision of top quality core public health services, under the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)

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Core Service Activities:
serves as the local behavioral health authority responsible for the planning and monitoring of mental health and substance abuse programming

Local Management Board: brings together existing resources at the local level and uses them in innovative ways; ensures implementation of localized, inter-agency service delivery systems for children, youth, and families through a partnership with the Government Office of Children

 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

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Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car. Read more ...

    Health Department emphasizes the importance of rabies prevention and safety

    Snow Hill, MD- The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed eight rabies cases locally since the beginning of 2019, emphasizing the importance of rabies awareness and proper pet vaccination. The latest confirmed positive rabies case was a groundhog found on Manklin Creek Rd in the Ocean Pines area on July 3.

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    Men's Health Month

    The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

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    Summer Wellness Camp

    The Worcester County Health Department will host a free, week-long health and wellness camp for youth age 12-17 this summer. From June 17-21, campers will learn about the importance of health, fitness, setting personal goals and much more. The summer camp is part of Worcester Health’s Promoting Health Among Teens program and will feature guest speakers, snacks and lunch, learning activities and field trips to locations around Worcester including the Jolly Roger amusement park in Ocean City.

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 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program