District 4 Receives Funding to Prepare for National Accreditation

Lagrange, GA – January 28, 2016

District 4 has been awarded $15,000 to support its progress in meeting the requirements of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the first and only voluntary national accreditation program for public health departments. District 4 is one of 23 local health departments from 20 states and three health departments in US territories to receive this funding through the Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI). A total of 104 local health departments of all sizes and types, ranging from rural to urban applied for this funding.

Now in its fifth year, the ASI was created in 2011 to promote national accreditation readiness among a greater number of local health departments and support their varying needs to reach accreditation. Funding for the ASI is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CDC) and administered by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

District 4 received funding under the general category of Community Engagement in the MAPP Process utilizing 4 assessment tools. The department will use the award for Phase 3 accreditation activities including: completion of Community Themes and Strengths Assessment, Forces of Change Analysis, 10 Essentials of Public Health Survey, and Community Health Status Assessment.

“Accreditation validates what we do every day to serve the public,” says Merrilea Reeves, former Spalding County Board of Health Chairman of almost ten years.

More information, including a full list of selected local health departments and descriptions of the work they have been funded to complete, can be found at www.naccho.org/asi.

*Disclaimer: Awards are pending execution of a contract with NACCHO and successful completion of project deliverables.

About District 4 Public Health:

Public health is about ensuring the safety of the food we eat and the water we drink. It is about stopping the spread of infectious diseases, promoting good health and managing chronic conditions.
Simply put, public health is concerned with the health of populations – a neighborhood, city, county, state, and even the nation. It differs from individual health and treatment because while public health can deliver direct healthcare services, it focuses on prevention, promoting healthy lifestyles, education and research.

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials:

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.