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Two Washington Health Departments Accredited

Earlier this month, two Washington health departments received national accreditation. NWCPHP congratulates them on their efforts and offers resources to other agencies preparing accreditation applications.
Two Washington Health Departments Accredited

Spokane Regional Health District Administrator, Torney Smith, visits the 2012 Summer Institute to speak about accreditation.

Earlier this month, two Washington health departments received national accreditation. NWCPHP congratulates them on their efforts and offers resources to other agencies preparing their applications.

March 13, 2013

Earlier this month, two health departments in our region were officially accredited. The Washington State Department of Health and the Spokane Regional Health District joined nine other public health agencies in receiving national accreditation.

In a letter to community partners, Mary Selecky, Washington Secretary of Health, noted the road to accreditation has been “a long journey.” She continued, “This is a major accomplishment for us and for the people of our state. It shows that we have the programs and measures in place to meet our community’s needs as effectively as possible.”

In an announcement from the Spokane Regional Health District, Health Officer Joel McCullough, MD, expressed his support. “With accreditation, we’re demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials, and partner organizations with which we work.”

Accreditation means meeting or exceeding the performance standards of the Public Health Accreditation Board, a non-profit agency that oversees the peer-reviewed process. Both the agency and the accreditation process promote consistency and continuous quality improvement among the nation’s 3,000 health departments.

NWCPHP has been involved since the beginning of the national public health accreditation effort, with faculty participating in the original think tanks as well as through membership on the Public Health Accreditation Board. If your agency is one of the hundreds preparing for accreditation, NWCPHP can help. We offer training and technical assistance regarding the history of accreditation, organizational strategic plans, community health assessments, community health improvement plans, quality improvement techniques, performance management, and workforce development.

NWCPHP is also offering a three-and-a-half day in-person course, Preparing for Accreditation, at the 2013 Summer Institute, August 5–8.

For more information about accreditation services contact Luann D'Ambrosio.

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