Accreditation

The Ottawa County Health Department is in the process of being accredited. We as an organization believe strongly in the benefits of becoming accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, and are committed to completing this process. We believe that the 10 Essential Public Health Services are a fundamental framework for our organization, and we are excited to incorporate these services in every facet of our agency.

10 Essential Public Health Services

The Core Public Health Functions Steering Committee developed the framework for the Essential Services in 1994. This steering committee included representatives from US Public Health Service agencies and other major public health organizations.

The Essential Services Provide a working definition of public health and a guiding framework for the responsibilities of local public health systems.

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of healthcare when otherwise unavailable.
  8. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
10 Essential Services