CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After becoming the first health department in West Virginia to begin the national accreditation process, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is helping other health departments across the state to work toward the same goal.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department hosted its first public health accreditation readiness workshop in West Virginia on Tuesday.
In collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources/Division of Local Health Department, the workshop provided state and local health departments in West Virginia with knowledge and skills to prepare for national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.
Accreditation standards help define the expectations for all public health departments and allows for a means to identify performance improvement opportunities, improve management, develop leadership and improve relationships, according to a release.
Nasandra Wright, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department sanitarian supervisor, said more than 30 people from 11 different health departments attended the workshop.
"From our pre-survey, there were 19 health departments interested in applying for accreditation -- they're from all over the state," Wright said. She noted that some people drove two or three hours to get to the workshop on Tuesday.
The 19 health departments are in various stages of preparing to apply.
"The main idea was to take them through the process so they can understand the requirements and the importance of being accredited," Wright said.
David Stone, an accreditation education specialist for the national Public Health Accreditation Board, led the workshop. Stone is responsible for managing the development and implementation of Public Health Accreditation Board's education services.
The daylong workshop ran from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More than 45 participants from state and local health departments across Wets Virginia attended.
Dr. Gupta, health officer and executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston and Putnam County Health Departments said the accreditation process in West Virginia will help quality and performance within public health departments and stimulate greater accountability and transparency.Contact writer Candace Nelson at Candace.Nel...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148. Follow her at www.twitter.com/Candace07.