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Brunswick County is among six county health departments recently accredited by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.
“I would like to thank Fred Michael and the whole management team who did all the work leading us to becoming accredited,” Don Yousey, health department director, said.
North Carolina is the first state in the country to mandate accreditation for its local health departments. The purpose of the accreditation program is to ensure a basic level of capacity and services in each of the local health departments across the state.
Since the pilot program involving six local health departments began in 2004, 40 health departments have been accredited.
The process of accreditation includes three major components—a self-assessment completed by the agency, a site visit by a multidisciplinary team of peers to review certain performance standards, and determination of accreditation status by an independent Accreditation Board comprised of state and local public health officials, Board of Health members, county commissioners and public members.
The accreditation process is a collaboration of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, part of the Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health of the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with input from the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors.