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DHD2 awarded accreditation funding

Date: February 10, 2018 |

District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2) has been awarded 2017-2018 Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI) funding. This award is provided to select health departments by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Now in its seventh year, ASI funding is a competitive, oneyear financial award intended to stimulate quality improvement and promote the readiness of health departments to achieve voluntary national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This accreditation measures health department performance against a set of nationally recognized standards. The goal of voluntary national accreditation is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of public health departments.

Health departments may use their award to work on any accreditation readiness project of their choosing. District Health Department No. 2 will be using its award to complete and implement a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and to strengthen its workforce development. District Health Department No. 2 is one of 24 local health departments from 13 states to receive this funding. More information can be found at www.naccho.org/asi.

Health departments that are accredited report that accreditation 1) increases competitiveness for funding opportunities, 2) stimulates quality and performance improvement opportunities, 3) allows health departments to better identify their strengths and weaknesses, 4) improves management processes, and 5) stimulates greater accountability and transparency within the health department.

Denise Bryan, health officer for District Health Department No. 2, states, “By undertaking initiatives such as accreditation support, DHD2 is able to continually strive to provide the best services for our clients. Receiving support such as this allows us to take our agency to the next level, which will ultimately impact the residents and counties we serve.”

The National Association of County and City Health Officials comprise nearly 3,000 local health departments across the United States. Together, they form an organization focused on being a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for change for local health departments around the nation.

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