Partnership Engagement and Accreditation
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is committed to strengthening and maintaining its "best practices", community driven approach to the provision of services. Two programs have been established to support our participation and leadership within our communities: Partnership Engagement and Accreditation Coordination.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health was among the first group of health departments in the country to receive voluntary accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in 2013. Since that time, Oklahoma County Health Departments have followed suit, supporting the state accreditation, and moving toward their own accreditation.
The Noble County Health Department is beginning its own efforts to prepare for seeking accreditation. Along with the other three counties in the region (Payne, Kay, and Pawnee), Noble County Health Department is participating in a strategic planning process that will maximize the the region's and counties' resources to meet the needs both common to all the counties and those specific to the county and communities of Noble.
The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services provided by the Noble County Health Department are as responsive as possible to the needs of our community. With accreditation efforts, we are demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work. To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures.
Partnership Engagement starts at the local level, building broad community support and participation in public health priority setting and action. Partnership Engagement begins with what some would call "social capital," engaging and linking affected people at the local level. Partnership Engagement is anchored in two convictions: communities have strength and everyone has a stake in public health.
Noble County's Regional Partnership Consultant works closely with the community partners, to build strengthen broad community support and participation.
For more information on the Partnership Engagement or if interested in partnering with the Noble County Health Department, email us here.