Guilford County Public Health Achieves Reaccreditation with Honors (Health Information)
Guilford County Department of Public Health (GCDPH) has successfully achieved full Reaccreditation with Honors status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board. GCDPH was initially accredited in 2006 and was one of the first public health departments in the state to achieve this status. 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 assure a measurable level of capacity and services in each of the local health departments across the state. Each health department must document how it provides the three core functions of public health: assessment of the health of its community; assurance that the health needs of its community are being met; and the development of policies to prevent or meet future needs in its community.
The focus of North Carolina’s Local Health Department Accreditation (NCLHDA) is on the capacity of the local health department to perform the three core functions at a prescribed and measurable level of quality. The NCLHDA site visit team was able to designate 147 activities out of 147 as “Met” by the Guilford County Department of Public Health. At this level of proven expertise, the Department was awarded “Reaccreditation with Honors”.
The accreditation process is a collaboration of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health of the School of Public Health, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
For more information about Guilford County Department of Public Health, contact 336-641-7777.