Earlier this month, Mecklenburg County Public Health Department received Reaccreditation with Honors from the North Carolina Local Health Department (NCLHD) Accreditation Board. Public Health accomplished all 41 benchmarks and all 147 related activities assessed by the Accreditation Board process.
The accreditation process is required by State law to ensure local health departments are performing at a prescribed level of quality. The accreditation program sets minimum standards, but it does not prevent health departments from providing services that go beyond the standards required for accreditation. In fact, some N.C. health departments, including Mecklenburg County’s, exceed accreditation standards.
“The accreditation process allows us to focus on the improvements in the department and challenges us to continue to improve” said Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County Health Director. I am incredibly proud of our staff who have made huge strides towards being a model health department. I am also grateful to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and County leadership for their support of the public health.”
Reaccreditation status recognizes that health departments have met the required standards of quality and capacity for providing public health services. The NCLHD Accreditation Program links basic standards to current state statutes, the North Carolina administrative code, and State and federal contractual and program monitoring requirements. This process allows local health departments to assess how they are meeting national and state-specific standards for public health practice, encourages departments to continue to focus on quality and improvement and provides the opportunity to address any identified gaps.
More information about the NCLHD Reaccreditation is available here.
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