The Network recently received a request from a state health official inquiring about specific aspects of the national accreditation process for public health agencies administered by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). He explained that some local health departments in his state were having difficulty with which activities or policies they should document to meet PHAB’s standard relating to compliance the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He requested guidance on steps local health departments can take to document compliance.
The Network researched the issue and responded to the requestor’s question with relevant resources from the North Carolina’s Local Health Department Accreditation Program. Because the North Carolina standard is similar to the PHAB standard, North Carolina’s documentation requirements helped guide the official in advising local health departments in his state. The North Carolina Institute for Public Health provides information on the North Carolina accreditation process and standards at North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation.
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