Recommended Reading: National Accreditation of Public Health Departments
Since 2004, North Carolina has been the only state in the U.S. to have mandatory public health department accreditation, requiring local departments to meet standards set by the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Recently, staff members of the North Carolina Institute For Public Health published an article in the American Journal of Public Health about the process and value of local public health department accreditation.
For the study, 48 accredited health departments were surveyed on the impact of accreditation and the benefits and barriers related to the process. Half of the public health departments surveyed reported that they acted on suggestions for improvement received during the accreditation process, and 67 percent conducted quality improvement activities, according to the report. The authors say study results can benefit other states now considering national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.