Zurawik: Oprah soars in HBO's 'Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

Stephen Covey

Why national accreditation matters for public health departments

While high profile medical breakthroughs grab today's headlines, it is the low-tech, high-touch work of public health departments that keep most of us healthy every day. Each community needs a competent and effective health department that can be trusted to protect the public's health.

National public health accreditation, a process started in 2011, is one way of ensuring that health departments meet recognized standards and are ready to take on a multitude of public health challenges. But how does the accreditation process work, and in the end, does accreditation really work? That was a question that we, the Harford County Health Department, first asked before submitting our...

48°