The first batch of accreditation occurred in November 2012 with 11 local health departments and two state health departments across the nation awarded with the achievement. The Kanawha-Charleston has been and will continue to work with them throughout the accreditation process.
Gupta hopes to serve as an example for other health departments.
"We want to encourage others to follow suit. One of the intentions is to achieve accreditation and work with and assist other local health departments and our state health department," he said.
Tom Sims, who was hired by the department to coordinate the accreditation, said about six people have been working on pulling together the application.
He will continue to work on the accreditation process, which will happen every five years.
"If they accept, we will have to provide documentation over a several-month period. Once we are accredited, we have five years before we have to be accredited again. So, we have to continue to send them updates and documentation," Sims said.
Sims said two other health departments -- in Raleigh County and Greenbrier County -- are actively in the process of filing out applications.
Gupta said financial assistance and resources are available for others interested in the accreditation.
"Whether it's receiving national awards, working with the Affordable Care Act or being able to achieve accreditation, it's all part and parcel of being an exemplary health department in the nation," he said.