- Click to Preview the NEW Local Health Reporting tool that will be used to collect 2013 data
- Click then scroll down to see the Webinar providing an overview and discussing the new LHR tool that will be implemented beginning February 2014 to collect local health data from 2013
Since 2010 the Office of Local Public Health (OLPH) has been working together with the Rutgers School of Continuing Public Education on a new performance evaluation system for local health departments called the New Jersey Local Health Report (LHR).
On March 7, 2013 OLPH conducted a webinar to introduce all local health departments to the new data collection tool and highlight which data they will be required to collect for reporting to NJDOH as of February 2014.
In an effort to work smarter and avoid duplicate demands by DOH, OLPH worked with six programs to ensure their data needs from local health departments were satisfied by the LHR, thereby significantly reducing the reporting burden for LHDs. This LHR initiative consolidates reporting required by State regulations from ten (10) programmatic areas : [NJDoH] retail food, animal control, rabies and animal facilities; tanning, recreational bathing; campgrounds; body art; [NJDEP] septic systems; drinking water safety.
Moreover, until now, the required reporting for these programs has been fragmented and mostly paper-based. Now, it's moving to become electronic and paperless!
With the help of Hippocrates programmers the LHR will be brought online fall 2013, followed by training for LHD and State staff. Once the online tool is established, the next goal will be to securely permit electronic queries and ad-hoc report generation by LHDs. The LHR's collection of public health information and statistics together with reporting on funding, staffing, governance, nursing, public health education, community health improvement planning and emergency preparedness, will - for the first time ever - provide a comprehensive view of public health performance across the state to NJ's health departments and their State counterparts.