Accreditation

The Williams County Health Department is actively working toward national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  This voluntary program requires the successful completion of three pre-requisites as part of the application process:

1.    Community Health Assessment
2.    Community Health Improvement Plan
3.    Strategic Plan for Williams County Health Department

Accreditation through PHAB will assist Williams County Health Department to:

*      identify performance improvement opportunities;
*      improvement management;
*      develop leadership; and
*      improve relationships with the community.

According to PHAB, the accreditation process is designed to encourage and stimulate quality and performance improvement in the health department, as well as foster greater accountability and transparency.  The accreditation standards serve as the framework for an objective evaluation process, and are based on the 10 Essential Public Health Services.

The essential public health services have been identified by nationally recognized agencies:

American Public Health Association  (www.apha.org)
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (www.astho.org)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (www.naccho.org) Institute of Medicine  (www.iom.edu)
National Academy of Sciences (www.nas.edu)
Associations of Schools of Public Health (www.asph.org)
The Public Health Foundation (www.phf.org)
United States Public Health Foundation