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Strong Interest in Voluntary Accreditation

Jack Thompson hadn’t anticipated the demand. His course on voluntary public health accreditation turned out to be an immediate sellout at the ninth Montana Public Health Summer Institute, held July 26–30 in Billings. The course, co-taught with former Washington Department of Health Secretary Bruce Miyahara, was designed to provide local public health officials and local government decision makers with the information they needed to apply for public health accreditation.

August 16, 2010

Jack Thompson hadn’t anticipated the demand. His course on voluntary public health accreditation turned out to be an immediate sellout at the ninth Montana Public Health Summer Institute, held July 26–30 in Billings.

The course, co-taught with former Washington Department of Health Secretary Bruce Miyahara, was designed to provide local public health officials and local government decision makers with the information they needed to apply for public health accreditation. Course participants learned about the required documents that health agencies need to complete when applying for accreditation to the national Public Health Accreditation Board.

Eighty-five participants signed up for this course, exceeding expected enrollment. “We were very gratified to see this level of interest from public health folks statewide in the important area of public health accreditation,” Thompson said. “Montana has been a leader in this national initiative.”

Thompson and Miyahara were among four faculty members from NWCPHP to teach at the Montana Summer Institute. Luann D’Ambrosio and Carl Osaki were also present to lead a course on implementing program planning and evaluation. In addition to his course on public health accreditation, Thompson co-taught Public Health Practice with Jane Smilie of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and Judy Lapan of the Richland County Health Department.

The Summer Institute provides short-term, intensive educational opportunities for public health system professionals, community partners, and students. It is sponsored by NWCPHP and the Montana Public Health Training Institute of the DPHHS.

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