Andy Wapner, DO, MPH, clinical assistant professor at Ohio State’s College of Public Health and Director at the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), received a $7,800 grant from the Hocking County Health Department to allow CPHP to help guide Hocking County’s Health Department toward accreditation.
“This work builds off the Center’s previous facilitation of Hocking County’s Health Improvement Plan in 2017,” Wapner said. “This work will align the agency with community activities and contribute to the agency’s ability to become an accredited public health agency.”
According to Wapner, Ohio is one of the most active states in the country regarding public health accreditation, with more than a dozen local health departments and the state health department reaching accreditation recently.
Reaching an accredited status helps agencies improve the delivery of public health services to Ohio residents.
However, the accreditation process is difficult, and changes need to be made within the organization and the community to reach an accredited status, according to Wapner.
The Center for Public Health Practice at Ohio State’s College of Public Health has been supporting local health departments in Ohio in successfully achieving accreditation milestones, and continues to be a national leader in accreditation support.