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Equity in Accreditation

Thank you to the five health departments who participated in Equity in Accreditation focus group discussions this June. Our program has been busy analyzing the great takeaways we heard as we also complete an internal equity audit and draft equity action items to inform our strategic projects this year. We are encouraged by the role many of our health departments are playing to foster health equity conversations. Moving forward, we will be including health equity related resources in our monthly highlights per suggestions from you all, and we hope to integrate some examples into our stories from the field! We’ll be releasing summaries of our takeaways on the website here in the coming month from our focus groups and equity audit.

Show off Accreditation Success with Decals!

We want to make sure you have what you need to show off your accreditation success!  With our new program assistant on board and supply ordering chains back up, we are back in stock!  Over the next couple of weeks, health departments accredited in Winter 2020 will receive their much-delayed materials (certificate, plaques, decals and “with honors” swag if applicable!). For other health departments interested in additional vinyl decals (with seal only, see photo of a “with honors” example), simply email us at with your mailing address and desired quantity by August 12th. We’ll send them your way along with an updated certificate with your current expiration date!

Accreditation in Action

Register Now for Fall 2022 Training

Registration is open for the NCLHDA Dashboard Overview Webinar on Wednesday, August 31 from 9-10:30 and in-person Accreditation 101: New AAC training on Monday afternoon, September 12 in Wilmington, NC. We hope to see new AACs, co-AACs, and back-up AACs there! Remember: The Dashboard Overview Webinar is a pre-requisite for the in-person New AAC training.
Registration is required and is open for both training opportunities (to close at 5 p.m. on August 30th for Dashboard webinar and 5 p.m. on August 22nd for in-person New AAC).  In-person training will include a $25 fee for refreshment costs.

Equity Related Resources

As we communicate accreditation updates through monthly highlights, we also have an opportunity to share existing resources that can help support equity related accreditation activities, including accessible training opportunities. Please email us if you have resources you would like to share in this space!

New Public Health Online Training Available!

An updated version of the Introduction to Public Health in North Carolina online training series is now available from the N.C. Institute for Public Health, including a new module specifically focusing on health equity. This free, self-paced series is designed for practitioners who are new to public health in general or new to public health in North Carolina.

The training comprises five modules, and each module requires approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The updated content now covers:

  • The three core functions and 10 Essential Services of public health
  • Equity and public health
  • The structure of governmental public health in N.C.

Public Health 3.0 and the future of public health

Key Dates

Wednesday, August 3: Office Hours
Virtual. There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required. Register.

Wednesday, August 31: NCLHDA Dashboard Overview Webinar from 9-10:30 a.m.
Webinar. There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required. Registration is open through August 30.

Monday, September 12: Accreditation 101: New AAC Training
In-person in Wilmington at the New Hanover County Health Department. There is a $25 registration fee. Registration is open through August 22.

Wednesday, October 5: Office Hours
Virtual. There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required. Register.

Interested in exploring all upcoming events? Check out our Calendar page online!

Tips and Tricks for Accreditation Success: Stories from the Field

Grab your coffee and join us for office hours!

Hear stories from the field in real time! At 9:30 today, we’ll launch our new office hour schedule where you can come and discuss program updates and questions with our team as you connect with other accreditation team members across the state. After you fill out a quick registration, you’ll receive the link to join. We hope you stop by!

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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