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With funding from the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health completed an investigation of opportunities and challenges related to public health agency accreditation among rural health departments. This resource is intended to provide additional contextual information for those already engaged in accreditation preparation efforts.
The 4-page Policy Brief and the 59-page Full Report of the findings are included in this tool. Hard copies are available by contacting Michael Meit at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 951-5076.
Accreditation and Quality Improvement
By William Pilkington
An excellent tool for rural health departments seeking accreditation.
By Alan Kalos
This study presents a well organized presentation of the advantages and difficulties that rural local health departments will need to consider in making a decision to seek voluntary accreditation. The small focus group approach captures an indepth analysis of the issues. However, I expect most rural public health officers are well aware of the challenges presented in this paper.