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What is Accrediation?

Public health department accreditation is defined as the development of a set of standards, a process to measure health department performance against those standards, and reward or recognition for those health departments who meet the standards.

 

PHAB’s public health department accreditation process seeks to advance quality and performance within public health departments. Accreditation standards define the expectations for all public health departments that seek to become accredited.

 

National public health department accreditation has been developed because of the desire to improve service, value, and accountability to stakeholders.

 

Accreditation documents the capacity of the public health department to deliver the three core functions of public health and the Ten Essential Public Health Services. Thus, accreditation gives reasonable assurance of the range of public health services a department should provide.

 

Accreditation declares that the health department has an appropriate mission and purpose and can demonstrate that it will continue to accomplish its mission and purpose.

 

To learn more about Public Health Accreditation, visit www.phaboard.org.

Why is Accrediation Important?

Laurel County Health Department and Accreditation Laurel County Heath Deparment decided to pursue Public Health Accreditation in February 2012 and is currently compiling the proper documentation to be eligible for applying for accreditation.

 

As of February 2013, only three health departments in Kentucky had applied and received a site visit for accreditation. Those three health departments are awaiting the Public Health Accreditation.

What is a Community Health Assessment?

One of the requirements of Accreditation is the completion of a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

 

Laurel County Health Department began partnering with Saint Joseph London in May 2011 to begin the process of completing this assessment and plan. In October 2011, the Laurel County Community Health Needs Assessment Coalition was established.

 

The coalition began working on the CHA and CHIP at that time. The coalition decided to utilize the Mobilizing Action Through Planning and Partnership's model to complete the process. Laurel County will completed this health assessment process every 3 years.

 

During May and June 2012, the Coalition solicited input from the community via a 31-question survey.

 

Approximately 1,850 surveys were collected from the community at large (all responses were kept confidential). The results of that community survey are higlighted in the Community Themes and Strengths Assessment . The data from this assessment was utilized in the completion of the overal community health assessment. Forums were held at several locations in order to seek input from the community, as well.

 

To view our current assessments and health improvement plans, click the links below: