Macon County Public Health has earned its reaccreditation designation from the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation (NCLHDA) Board. With the accreditation, Macon County Public Health is united with the 83 other fully accredited health departments in North Carolina in carrying forth the NCLHDA mission of seeking to improve the health of all citizens and enhancing the quality of local public health.
“We celebrate each health department who has newly completed a reaccreditation cycle,” said Margaret Benson Nemitz, N.C. local health department interim accreditation administrator. “Re-accreditation is a quality improvement process that assures that agencies are continually assessing the needs of their communities and striving to provide the highest quality of service, as possible, to meet these needs. It is also a team effort that requires dedication from health department staff, boards of health members, site visitors, and accreditation board members. Each of these agencies has demonstrated their ability to maintain and/or exceed the standards established by the NCLHDA program, including throughout their COVID response.”
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 at-large members.
Kathy McGaha is the current director of Macon County Public Health.