One of the most basic purposes of public health is defined by three core functions:
• Assessment • Policy Development • Assurance
The 2015-2020 ACHD Strategic Plan represents the department’s most recent contribution to that first function: assessing the state of the public health department in Audrain County. The second follows directly from the first: setting our public health goals and priorities through policy development. The CQI Action Plan contained within the Strategic Plan provides specific, measurable goals and strategies to address eight areas of concern.
Missouri’s commitment to openness in government is clearly stated in § 610.011 of the Sunshine Law:
“It is the public policy of this state that meetings, records, votes, actions, and deliberations of public governmental bodies be open to the public unless otherwise provided by law. Sections 610.010 to 610.200 shall be liberally construed and their exceptions strictly construed to promote this public policy.”
This law sets out the specific instances when a meeting, record or vote may be closed, while stressing these exceptions are to be strictly interpreted to promote the public policy of openness. Public meetings, including meetings conducted by telephone, Internet or other electronic means, are to be held at reasonably convenient times and must be accessible to the public. Meetings should be held in facilities that are large enough to accommodate anticipated attendance by the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.
To this end, we are committed to demonstrating our accountability to Audrain leaders and residents by demonstrating our transparency with specific core documents:
1. 2015-2020 ACHD Strategic Plan 2. 2015-2020 ACHD Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Action Plan 3. 2015 ACHD Community Health Needs Assessment 4. 2015 ACHD Community Health Improvement Plan 5. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Ordinance: Passed 04/20/17; effective July 01, 2017.
We are very proud of the effort that has been put into the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan & CQI Action Plan. For the first time, we will be able to provide annual updates to our strategic documents, or plans with metrics that show our progress toward each goal or strategy. If you should have any questions, I welcome you to contact me at: 573-581-1332, ext. 25.