Welcome to the DeKalb County Board of Health’s National Accreditation Pages!

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Just as hospitals and schools are expected to be accredited, public health departments can now obtain accreditation.

Earning public health accreditation is a community effort. Residents, businesses, academic institutions, organizations, and government agencies are coming together to insure that DeKalb County has a top quality public health system.

Here are some questions and answers about the process.

What is public health accreditation?

Public health accreditation involves:

  • developing a set of national standards
  • measuring each public health department against those standards
  • recognizing and accrediting the health departments that meet the standards

Why is accreditation important?

  • Meeting accreditation standards will help the DeKalb County Board of Health achieve performance excellence.
  • Accreditation will reinforce the Board of Health’s credibility and accountability.

What will accreditation mean for you?

  • Accreditation will strengthen trust and  communication between the Board of Health and the community.
  • Accreditation’s focus on continuous improvement will benefit those who live, work, play and learn in DeKalb County.
  • Accreditation could increase the Board of Health’s chances of receiving grants to improve services and programs.

How does a public health agency become accredited?

A public health agency can become accredited through the Public Health Accreditation Board.  Its standards are the basis for evaluating a health agency’s competence and effectiveness.

What’s next?

A team of Board of Health employees is preparing the agency’s application to the Public Health Accreditation Board. This rigorous process includes looking at our services, programs, policies, procedures, outcomes and day-to-day operations.

The Board of Health hopes to be accredited by early 2015.

Contact Us

  • Vickie Elisa, Accreditation Coordinator, (404) 294-3829, dielisa@dhr.state.ga.us
  • Jason Langbehn, Communications Coordinator, (404) 294-3810, jdlangbehn@dhr.state.ga.us

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