CPH faculty member receives grant from health department to implement strategic planning towards accreditation

July 11, 2017

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Photo credit: Hocking County Health Department website

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. 

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About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, and also includes the top 10-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).