County Health Department
County Health Department – A Great Resource for Physician Groups and Hospitals
As clinical providers are looking for ways to improve their patient’s health at the population level, one great source they have to tap is their regional health department. There are many resources and skills that will be distributed by the Ministry of Health with doctors and other providers that will increase their ability to improve their patient’s health.
In my work, I have many opportunities to collaborate with the Head of the Kent County Epidemiology of the Michigan-MR Health Department. Brian Hartl. Through this contact and through an introductory epidemiology course I have found that the Ministry of Health is an expert in providing population level health services. This is different from most of the superior clinical providers in working with their patients at the level of face-to-face. Both office staff doctors and staff of the Ministry of Health relating to the health of individuals and groups of people.
The doctor most often works with individuals during a face-to-face meeting. They treat diseases or injuries one by one. For example, if a doctor treats patients with hypertension, he will plan treatment with individuals in mind. If the doctor considers the population level in his work, then he sees how the care and instructions he gave affected a group of patients. For example, he can consider how effective he treats his patients with hypertension collectively.
The patients from the district health department are regional populations. Only in some instances do the health department treat individuals one by one. Most of their work will not be considered clinical intervention. However, their work did affect the population as a whole. For example, the Ministry of Health is responsible for seeing that food in the restaurant is handled and cooked correctly. The Ministry of Health tracks reports of infectious diseases to identify potential clusters or outbreaks, such as measles, to mobilize community groups and doctors to respond and prevent further transmission.
Can these two health groups be mutually beneficial in improving their patient’s health and, if so, how? I recently interviewed Brian Hartl about this and he shared some thoughts that I believe could help clinical providers do better work. As an expert in the health of the population level, Mr. Hartl saw a lot of work as preventive properties. In the world of treatment of population levels that arise, it is important for doctors and other clinical staff to focus on prevention of too-prevention of chronic diseases that deteriorate to patients.
Such as prevention of patients diagnosed with prediabetes that advance to diabetes, and prevention of adolescent patients from alcohol abuse and drugs Others, including tobacco. The Kent County Ministry of Health has many resources that can help doctors achieve their goals and will be very willing to collaborate with clinical groups. In fact, KCHD currently has grants whose funds can be used to increase patient opportunities for prevention of chronic diseases, reduction of risk or management through clinical and community relations.
Hartl believes there is potential to work with doctors to build a system to prescribe healthy living activities and lifestyle as non-clinical interventions for prevention / management of chronic diseases. For example, the Kent County Ministry of Health is actively involved in helping people develop the running track in areas that are not served in the city of Grand Rapids. He thinks that patients with chronic diseases can be very profitable if they become more active by walking. He is willing to share maps and information about the location of the route so that a doctor can prescribe the agenda running for patients and then direct them to the closest path that they can access easily.