News Release

Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Health Department earns highest level of accreditation from State

(July 30, 2008) The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has earned full accreditation from the Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Program, recognizing the agency’s excellence in implementing public health standards from Michigan Departments of Agriculture, Community Health, and Environmental Quality.

Based on repeated success, the Health Department received a Cycle Three Certificate of Accreditation, the highest level that can be awarded to a local health department. Organizations that earn this certificate have demonstrated to a team of surveyors during a series of on-site visits that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measureable, and accountable.

Following review of over 200 standards, the on-site team noted several of the Health Department’s strengths, including special recognition for—

According to the report, the Health Department “demonstrates the willingness and ability to go over and above the provision of required public health services”.

The Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Program seeks to assure and enhance the quality of local public health in Michigan by identifying and promoting the implementation of public health standards for local public health departments, and evaluating and accrediting local health departments on their ability to meet these standards. The program is a collaborative effort between the Michigan Public Health Institute, the Michigan Departments of Agriculture, Community Health and Environmental Quality, the Michigan Association for Local Public Health and Michigan's local public health departments. The Michigan Department of Community Health provides oversight and funding for the Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Program.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties.


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