Improving STD Prevention and Control by Implementing a Formalized Plan for Managing Increased STD Cases or Decreased STD Staff
Nevada's Washoe County Health District (WCHD) launched a quality improvement (QI) initiative to address concerns that its Sexual Health Program had inadequate staff resources to manage a potential increase in sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases, specifically syphilis. A multiprogram, multidisciplinary team was formed to achieve the aim statement. The team identified the need for an STD Outbreak Response Plan (ORP). The team adapted the West Virginia STD ORP to meet Washoe County's needs. The STD ORP was piloted using a 3-hour tabletop exercise (TTX) to simulate an increase in syphilis cases over 1 month. An evaluation conducted during the TTX indicated that staff understand their roles during an outbreak and can use the STD ORP to obtain assistance from other programs and divisions as needed to achieve the aim statement. Other benefits of the initiative include an increase in staff cross-training and a decrease in stress related to STD staffing issues.
Kutz, S. Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange. Improving STD Prevention and Control by Implementing a Formalized Plan for Managing Increased STD Cases or Decreased STD Staff. Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:07. Available at https://phqix.org/content/improving-std-prevention-and-control-implementing-formalized-plan-managing-increased-std. Accessed March 1, 2024.