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Alexander County Health Department Awarded Reaccreditation With Honors

According to a news release issued Wednesday (December 7), on November 18, 2022, the Alexander County Health Department, along with ten other North Carolina health departments, was awarded reaccreditation with honors status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation (NCLHDA) Board.

The six-year reaccreditation process and on-site survey came after a two-year delay as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic. During the six-year period covered by the survey Alexander County Health Department, along with many public health agencies across the state, worked diligently to care for the public during the coronavirus health crisis, continue the provision of essential health services to the community, and mitigate the challenges of staff turnover associated with the pandemic.

Reaccreditation with Honors designation was awarded to Alexander County Health Department and ten other agencies. This honorary designation was implemented for the first time in fall of 2017 to recognize agencies that especially excelled in their accreditation assessment by missing one or less activities within each of standards set by the NCLHDA program. The Alexander County Health Department earned the designation by missing no activities in any of the standards for reaccreditation.

North Carolina is the first state in the country to mandate accreditation for its local health departments. The purpose of the accreditation program is to assure a basic level of capacity and services in each of the local health departments across the state.

The process of accreditation includes three major components, a self-assessment completed by the agency, a site visit by a multidisciplinary team of peers to review performance standards, and determination of accreditation status by an independent Accreditation Board comprised of state and local public health officials, Board of Health members, County Commissioners, and public members.

[News release from Alexander County Public Health]