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Public Health Accreditation

After three years of preparation, Lorain County Public Health announced in August 2016 that it was nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). In order to become accredited, LCPH followed a rigorous process that included document submission and peer review to prove that we provided the ten essential services of public health and core functions as outlined in the PHAB Standards and Measures Version 1.5

 

What is public health accreditation?

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 initiatives, programs, and services. PHAB, a nationally recognized entity, guides health departments through the process of accreditation and awards the achievement of accreditation to health departments that meet or exceed the standards. The goal of the public health accreditation is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of health departments.

 

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 your health department is providing the highest quality services.
  • Requiring even better transparency and accountability.
  • Prioritizing interventions and initiatives based on each community’s needs.

 

What’s next?

LCPH continues to build upon its strengths and work on areas of improvement. We 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 reaccredits health departments every five years, but the process of quality improvement at LCPH is continual. We are responsible for submmiting annual reports to PHAB that detail progress and will apply for reaccreditation in 2021.