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Local health departments are the governmental body serving a geographical area smaller than a state and recognized as having the primary statutory authority to promote and protect the public's health and prevent disease in humans. As funding for public health continues to decline, it is imperative that the local health departments (LHD) become more efficient in their operations. Opportunities to streamline processes and focus on quality improvement can assist LHDs as they adjust to decrease funding.
Local and tribal health departments are eligible for accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Accreditation will assist LHDs in building on quality improvement, becoming more efficient, and will provide a means to be recognized for achieving high standards in public health as accreditation process is peer reviewed. The state department of health encourages the LHDs to pursue accreditation, either individually within the local county or multi-jurisdictional.
Listed below are local health departments that are actively seeking accreditation. The Indiana State Department of Health employs a consultant to assist local health departments, which desire more direction and assistance, with the accreditation process. If you are a local or tribal health department in Indiana and would like to know more about the availability of this resource please contact Sarah Seward, SSeward@isdh.IN.gov, or Patricia Truelove, PTruelove1@isdh.IN.gov, for more information.
Accreditation Coordinator: Melissa Dexter
Huntington County Health Department
354 N Jefferson St, Ste 201
Huntington, IN 46750
Noble County Health Department
2090 N State Road 9, Ste C
Albion, IN 46701
Wabash County Health Department
89 W Hill St
Wabash, IN 46992
Wells County Health Department
223 W Washington St
Bluffton, IN 46714
Whitley County Health Department
220 W VanBuren St, Ste 111
Columbia City, IN 46725
Public Health Accreditation Board - Accreditation Materials