The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center has been awarded $25,600 to support its progress in meeting the requirements of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the first and only voluntary national accreditation program for public health departments. The Lake County Health Department is one of 29 local health departments from 19 states to receive this funding through the Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI). A total of 147 local health departments of all sizes and types, ranging from rural to urban applied for funding.
The ASI was created in 2011 to promote national accreditation readiness among a greater number of local health departments and support their varying needs to reach accreditation. Funding for the ASI is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CDC) and administered by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
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"Quality improvement is one of the most important investments a local health department can make -- always seeking ways to do things better, more efficiently, with just the right amount of resources, and with a greater impact," said NACCHO Executive Director Robert M. Pestronk. "As a participant in this initiative, the Lake County Health Department is taking a big step to ensure better health for the people of Lake County."
The Lake County Health Department received funding under the general category of creating and implementing a performance management system. The department will use the grant to help create a system to measure and track goals created by its programs. These goals are in alignment with and reflect the community-driven health improvement plan. This system will allow the department to demonstrate a measurable improvement in the health of the community. Additionally, the funds will be used to pay part of the fees associated with becoming an accredited public health department.
"We are grateful to have received the Accreditation Support Initiative funding from the CDC and NACCHO," said the Health Department's Executive Director Tony Beltran. "I believe the funds will help us improve our performance, achieve our strategic goals, and continue making progress to build better health outcomes for the residents of our community."
More information, including a full list of selected local health departments and descriptions of the work they have been funded to complete, can be found at www.naccho.org/asi.
Disclaimer: Awards are pending execution of a contract with NACCHO and successful completion of project deliverables.
About the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center
Based in Waukegan, Illinois, the Lake County Health Department was established by referendum in 1956 as a state-certified public health department. It is responsible for the prevention of disease and disability, the promotion of health and assuring a healthful environment. The Lake County Community Health Center, a Joint Commission accredited agency, provides high quality, comprehensive healthcare that is accessible, coordinated, community directed and culturally sensitive. For more information, visit: http://health.lakecountyil.gov/Pages/Default.aspx.
About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.