The Missouri Institute for Community Health (MICH) is the accrediting body for Missouri’s Voluntary Accreditation Program for Local Public Health Agencies. MICH is a 501C(3) corporation governed by a Board of Directors. Board members include health care providers, academia, human service organizations, and state and local government. The mission of MICH is “to facilitate and promote excellence in community systems for health and quality of life.”
The Missouri public health system began exploring accreditation for local public health agencies in the 1990’s. The Accreditation Manual has two focuses- Standards for Agency Performance & Standards for Agency Infrastructure.
A local public health agency may seek one of three distinct types of accreditation- Primary, Advanced or Comprehensive. Reynolds County Health Center has chosen to seek Primary Accreditation.
Many benefits come from accreditation such as-
self-evaluation that identifies strengths & weaknesses needed for improvement
thinking critically about what services & programs the community needs through community assessments
staff pride & moral improve as agency works as a team toward a common goal
development &/or strengthening of community partnerships & health improvement planning
demonstrates a commitment to excellence
increases the agency’s effectiveness & capacity to protect & promote health
assists in obtaining grant funding to continue or expand services to the community
Agency accreditation demonstrates to customers that agency leadership has accepted the challenge to improve services and activities, so that the community is served by an effective agency and a qualified public health workforce.
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