All members of the Delaware County community have access to the resources that provide the opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life.
The Delaware County Health Department strives to promote, protect and assure conditions for optimal health for all residents of Delaware County through leadership, prevention, response, and partnership with the community.
Equity: We strive to ensure conditions necessary for optimum health for all residents.
Collaboration: We partner with businesses, organizations, community members, and government agencies to maximize the impact of all activities that improve health.
Leadership: We serve as lead health strategist, advocate, and voice for public health in Delaware County.
Accountability: We are committed to using the most current public health science and practices and being transparent in our operations.
Innovation: We support a culture of professional growth and investigation to develop and evaluate leading practices in community health.
Stewardship: We respect and honor the trust the public has placed in us to efficiently manage the County’s health resources equitably, responsibly and with integrity.
Strategic Goal #1: Secure support and funding for the health department
Objective 1 – Work with county and municipal health departments across Pennsylvania to increase Act 315 funds
Objective 2 - Obtain approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the governor’s office for Act 315 funds
Objective 3 – Develop a strategy to secure financial support from additional sources
Strategic Goal #2: Generate public support for a county health department
Objective 1 – Developing compelling messages and materials
Objective 2 - Develop and launch communications plan
Objective 3 – Establish a social media presence
Strategic Goal #3: Engage key stakeholders in the planning process
Objective 1 – Identify individuals and organizations critical to achieving the mission
Objective 2 – Provide meaningful opportunities for stakeholders to influence and inform the health department’s establishment
Objective 3 - Ensure a representative from each municipal health department is integrally engaged in the planning process
Strategic Goal #4: Establish health department programs
Objective 1 – Develop program plans that meet Act 315 requirements and reflect the mission
Objective 2 – Develop a financial plan to support operations
Objective 3 – Establish a performance management system
Phases of Establishing the Health Department
Phase 1: Launch all programs required by Act 315 of PA Local Health Administration Law. Currently, a comprehensive community health assessment is underway, as is Act 315 program planning. The health department is expected to launch in January 2022.
Phase 2: Expand programs and capacities to fill gaps in the community. This second phase will begin in 2023, and will It is anticipated that the strategic plan will include guidance to gradually expand health department programs, and this second phase will be in full swing by 2024. The goal of this phase is to establish programs to address health priorities that are not covered by Act 315 services and are needed to reflect best practices for county health departments.
Phase 3: Attain accreditation status from the Public Health Accreditation Board. This phase will begin in 2027 by conducting an accreditation readiness assessment. It is anticipated that it will take approximately two years to undergo the accreditation process, and the goal is to achieve accreditation status in 2028. The attainment of accreditation will mark the health department’s “maturation,” with well-established structures and functions to successfully meet the public health needs of Delaware County into the future.