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The primary role of the Site Visit Team is to verify the health department’s self-assessment in order to evaluate the health department’s degree of compliance with the Activities. Site Visit Team members serve as representatives of the NCLHD Accreditation Board.

Each Site Visit Team comprises four individuals with expertise or experience in local public health, including experience or expertise in environmental health, public health nursing, public health administration and policy development/governance.

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Site Visit Team at a health department during a 2019 site visit

Site Visit Team Operational Guidelines

The roles and responsibilities of the Site Visit Team are outlined in the NCLHDA Site Visit Team Operational Guidelines.
NCLHDA Site Visit Team Operational Guidelines (pdf)

Site Visit Team Materials

The following documents are used by Site Team Members when conducting a Site Visit:

  • Color-Coded Summary Checklist (pdf): details each Site Visitor role and assigns specific Activities applicable to their knowledge/expertise.
  • Site Visit Report Template (word doc): summarizes the information gathered from the Health Department Self-Assessment Instrument, the review of the agency’s evidence and documents, the interviews with staff and community representatives and the tour of all health department facilities.
  • Suggestions for QI Report Template (word doc): provides the Site Visit Team’s suggestions for quality improvement (QI) for the Health Director’s consideration. The suggestions for QI have no bearing on the health department’s accreditation status.
  • NCLHDA Site Visit Team Review Guide (pdf): outlines the steps that Site Visitors take to review evidence in the NCLHD Accreditation Dashboard.

Site Visit Team Training

A Site Visit Team training is held annually. Past training materials are archived below for use by active Site Visitors. A password is required to gain access to this information.

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Site visitors at the 2019 Site Visit Team Training

Training Archive

Site Visitor Training Update
August 8, 2018
View archived training

Site Visitor Training Update
June 29, 2017
View archived training

Site Visitor Training Update
June 14, 2016
View archived training

Become a Site Visitor

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health is the Accreditation Administrator for the NCLHD Accreditation Program.

We continuously seek applicants for the Accreditation Site Visit Teams, however, we train in cohorts when needed. The teams are composed of individuals who have expertise or experience in local public health including expertise or experience in environmental health, public health administration, public health nursing or policy development/governance.

Site visits are typically two days duration. Accreditation visit-related expenses are paid and each Site Visitor will receive an honorarium. Training will be provided.

Steps to Apply

  1. Please review the Site Visit Team Operational Guidelines (pdf) before applying to become a Site Visitor, including the section regarding eligibility.
  2. Complete the online application form.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Belflower Thomas, Accreditation Administrator at Amy.B.Thomas@unc.edu or (919) 843-3973.

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Site visitor group photo at the 2019 Site Visit Team Training