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Health Department accreditation renewed by state agency

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department received an accreditation at the comprehensive level from the Missouri Institute for Community Health. As one of three agencies out of 114 reviewed in Missouri to reach this level, the Health Department’s accreditation is evidence of its commitment to top quality public health services.

“Much of the credit goes to our talented public health workers and community partners who do their jobs every day behind the scenes,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. “Re-accreditation at this level is especially significant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of County and City Health Officials have identified accreditation as a top priority or an objective in their strategic plans.”

The decision to award a full, 2-year comprehensive accreditation was made after a review and interview process lasting several months. The process included a comprehensive self-evaluation conducted by Health Department staff, the submission of more than 1,000 pages of information, a three-day site review and an evaluation by an independent committee. The site committee then made its recommendation to the Missouri Institute for Community Health.

“The scope of our Health Department’s offerings and the quality of those programs and services should make our residents proud,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. “The process to achieve this distinction was exhaustive and the staff excelled once again.”

There were 322 performance measures examined for comprehensive accreditation, including 91 measures relating to facilities and the administrative capacity considered necessary to carry out core functions and essential services of public health. A score of 90 percent was needed to receive a “passing” grade at the comprehensive level of accreditation; the Health Department received a score of 96 percent.

The state agency site team also looked at core staffing and training standards to ensure the staff had the necessary educational preparation as well as leadership skills, technical skills, competencies and community partnership and collaboration.

In 2004, the Health Department became the first local Missouri public health department to successfully complete all the requirements for accreditation.

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Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).

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