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Lynda Horsley Performance Improvement Coordinator Michigan Association for Local Public Health April 12 th , 2012. Strategic Planning for Local Health Departments. Guidebook for Local Health Departments. Key Components to a Strategic Plan. Strategic Planning Process.

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strategic planning for local health departments
Lynda Horsley

Performance Improvement Coordinator

Michigan Association for Local Public Health

April 12th, 2012

Strategic Planningfor Local Health Departments
health department strategic plan dated within the last five years that includes
National Accreditation Standard 5.3.2Health Department strategic plan dated within the last five years that includes:

Mission, vision, guiding principles/ values

Strategic priorities

Goals and objectives with measurable and time-framed targets

Identification of external trends, events, or factors that may impact community health or the health department

Assessment of health department strengths and weaknesses

Link to the health improvement plan and quality improvement plan

define the lhd


Define the LHD

Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles and/or Values



Describes “where we are going” – the course and direction administration has charted and where the health department sees itself in the future


  • Describes the present scope and purpose – “who we are, what we do, and why we are here.” Very few mission statements are forward looking in content or emphasis

Guiding Principles and/or Values:

clarifies what the health department stands for.

environmental analyses


Environmental Analyses

External Assessment, Internal Assessment


Internal and External Analysis

Environmental Analysis

identify strategic priorities


Identify Strategic Priorities

Key Stakeholders, Strategic Priorities


Identify Key Stakeholders

National Accreditation Standard 5.3.1

“ A list of the individuals who participated in the strategic planning process and their titles must be provided.”


consider all data
Consider all Data

Internal Assessment

External Assessment

Regional Health Assessment

County Health Rankings

America’s Health Rankings

Health Department Data

National Association of County and City Health Officials

Ranking Methods/Tools:

1. Multi-Voting Technique

2. Strategy Grids

3. Nominal Group Technique

4. Hanlon Method

5. Prioritization Matrix

develop the strategic plan


Develop the Strategic Plan

Goals, Objectives, Link to Health Improvement Plan and Quality Improvement Plan

goals and objectives
Goals and Objectives

Goal: Overarching principle that guides decision making to meet the health department vision

Objective: Conveys the strategic vision into specific performance targets that can meet the goal. Objectives should be written using the SMART method. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound).

implement the strategic plan


Implement the Strategic Plan

Strategies; Action Plan; Track, Report, & Communicate; Evaluate and Revise

calhoun county public health department
National Accreditation Standard 5.3.3“The health department must provide annual reports since the plan’s adoption showing that it has reviewed the strategic plan and has assessed progress towards reaching the goals and objectives.” Calhoun County Public Health Department

Check Sheet

Characteristics of Effectively Worded vision and mission statement

Environmental Assessment

LHD Health Services

Internal Assessment

Goal Grid

Action Plan

Planning Pitfalls

PHAB Standard 5.3 Strategic Plan


The Key Components of a Strategic Plan Guidebook for Local Health Departments was supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes,” CDC-RFA-CD10-1011

Lynda Horsley

Performance Improvement Coordinator