Collaborative work with community is key, said director

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The Appalachian District Health Department has been awarded re-accreditation status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.

Accreditation is a rigorous process that examines a series of standards outlined in the current state statutes and administrative codes to ensure quality public health services are being provided to the community.

“I am pleased and proud of the work of the Appalachian District Health Department to achieve full re-accreditation status, which meant providing four consecutive years of evidence for many benchmarks. One critical success factor has been the collaborative work that we have been able to achieve with community partners in each county. I appreciate the support of the local Boards of Commissioners and the District Board of Health to achieve this high standard,” said Beth Lovette, health director about the achievement.

The re-accreditation process includes a review of benchmarks linked to the three core functions for public health including assessment, assurance, and policy development as well as the ten essential services of public health as detailed in the National Public Health Performance Standards Program.

The program is comprised of three major components: an agency self-assessment, which includes 41 benchmarks and 148 activities; a three-day site visit by a multidisciplinary team of public health peer volunteers; and final determination of accreditation status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.

Appalachian District Health Department achieved re-accreditation status by appropriately meeting a set of capacity-based benchmarks as evidenced by documented completion of prescribed activities. Benchmarks of required services and activities may be met by either direct provision or assurance through contracts, memoranda of understanding, or other arrangements within the community.

The accreditation site team congratulated the organization for its strong public health work to serve the community. The organization was commended for its provision of primary care and pediatric dental services, collaboration in operating the Ashe School Based Health Center, and current efforts in supporting public health through local food opportunities with Blue Ridge Seeds of Change.

“The Appalachian District Board of Health is committed to providing valuable services for individuals and communities in an efficient way through the district model in place. We are extremely proud to achieve such a milestone for the organization because it demonstrates our commitment to quality services to the community and people we serve,” said Ken Richardson, Board of Health Chairman.

The NC Local Health Department accreditation program process is adjudicated by an independent entity, the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board. Its members are appointed by NC DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos. The Accreditation Administrator within North Carolina Institute for Public Health serves by legislative mandate.

For more information about Appalachian District Health Department or other health resources, tips, reports, and links visit www.apphealth.com or contact the Ashe County office of the Appalachian District Health Department at 336-246-9449.

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