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2020 NCLHDA Annual Report is now Available
Message from the Accreditation Administrator
Amy Belflower Thomas, MHA, MSPH, CPH

It has been quite a year, from the statewide roll out of the online dashboard for evidence submission and review to the twelve-month accreditation extension due to COVID-19, we have navigated through some unprecedented changes. As we reflect on the year, it is important to acknowledge both the personal and professional changes that we all have experienced. The North Carolina public health system is based on quality public health services provided in local health departments across the state. This year’s annual report highlights not just what has been accomplished by the program over the past year, but more importantly, highlights the work of individuals who are working not just in their communities, but who are also supporting large-scale quality improvement efforts for the North Carolina Accreditation Program. We hope that you enjoy this year’s annual report. We encourage you to share the report with your accreditation team members and partners.

2019-2020 NCLHDA Budget Summary
Each year, along with the Annual Report, we post an annual budget summary. You can view the summary to see where the NCLHDA funds are spent.

2020 Annual Survey Results
The 2020 NCLHD Accreditation Annual Survey results are now available. The results are provided in an interactive format that allows you to see the results from each year the survey has been administered. If you are interested to see what the NCLHDA Program is doing based on the survey results, read the sections on Opportunities and Summary. We encourage you to share the results of the survey with your accreditation team members and partners.

2020 Webinar Series
The NCLHD Accreditation Program is offering a free monthly webinar series through June 2021. The next webinar, Using Your Superhero Powers, will be held October 22nd from 10—11:30 a.m. The webinar will focus on the basic functions of the dashboard for all users and will cover some of the functions available to users with higher levels of access.  There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Register.

The recording of the September 24th webinar, Your Superhero Squad, is posted on our website. Information about upcoming webinars is posted on the Webinar Series page of our website.

Accreditation in Action

Where (and Just What) is the “Personnel File”?
The UNC School of Government recently published a blog focused on defining Personnel Records.

Health Department Self-Assessment Instrument (HDSAI) Interpretation Document Changes – Open Comment Period
A workgroup has been established to review the HDSAI Interpretation document and make recommendations for changes. We would like everyone to have an opportunity to provide feedback on these changes, therefore, we will be holding an open comment period in November. Anyone who is interested in providing feedback would benefit from joining the November 5th webinar, The Accreditation Origin Story, however, viewing the webinar is not a requirement for providing feedback. More details about the public comment period will be posted on our website in the near future.


Key Dates

Using Your Superhero Powers – October 22, 2020, 10—11:30 a.m. Webinar. The webinar will focus on the basic functions of the dashboard for all users and will cover some of the functions available to users with higher levels of access. The webinar is designed for anyone who is new to using the dashboard, or who would like a refresher.  There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required. Register.

The Accreditation Origin Story – November 2, 2020, 10–11:30 a.m.  Webinar. North Carolina was the first state to legislatively mandate local health department accreditation.  After fifteen years of implementation the program is in the midst of a long-term participatory revision process. This webinar will provide an overview of the Senate Bill 804 which created the accreditation program and the accreditation standards as established by the rules commission. Anyone who is interested in provided feedback during the open comment period of the HDSAI Interpretation document revision will benefit from attending this webinar. Register.

NCLHD Accreditation Board Meeting – November 20th, 2020. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. The agenda will be posted by November 13th.

Tips and Tricks for Accreditation Success: Stories From the Field

2019-2020 NCLHD Accreditation Best Practices Report
See an example of Haywood County Health and Human Services Public Health Division’s EpiGram and the Wilson County Health Department’s policy update log among other best practices highlighted in the 2019-2020 Best Practices Report. This report is a compilation of the best practices that were identified by health departments during the 2019-2020 Site Visit Cycles.

We Want to Hear from You! 

Share your tips and tricks for accreditation success with other local health departments across the state. If you have a tip or trick that you would like to share, send a summary- no more than 500 words- including the activity addressed and any lessons learned. Please send your submission to  Stories will be shared via these monthly highlights.

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