Public Health Accreditation

 

 

After three years of preparation, the Lorain County General Heath District (LCGHD) announced in August 2016 that it is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). In order to become accredited, the LCGHD followed a rigorous process that included document submission and peer review in order to prove that we provide the three core functions and ten essential services of public health.

What is public health accreditation?

The goal of the public health accreditation is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of public health departments.

Public health accreditation measures a health department’s performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidence-based standards. It focuses on the continual development, revision, and distribution of public health standards. PHAB, a nationally recognized entity, guides health departments through the process of accreditation and awards the achievement of accreditation.

How does accreditation affect Lorain County?

The accreditation of your local health department benefits the community by…

  • Encouraging improved communication and relationships with partners.
  • Assuring that your health department is providing the highest quality services.
  • Requiring even better transparency and accountability.
  • Prioritizing interventions and initiatives based on each community’s need, as shown by data collected in the Community Health Assessment.

What’s next?

For now, the LCGHD is working on areas that need improvement. We’ll keep up with public health research in order to better meet future standards of public health and the on-going, ever-changing needs of communities. PHAB re-accredits health departments every five years, but the process of quality improvement is continual. Every year, we submit a report to PHAB outlining our progress.