District Health Department No. 10 accredited by state

Officials from District Health Department No. 10 were presented with a Certificate of Accreditation at their Board of Health meeting on June 30 in Cadillac. Pictured (from left) are DHD#10 Board of Health Chair Ray Steinke, from Mecosta County; DHD#10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes; and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Orlando Todd. (Courtesy photo)

Officials from District Health Department No. 10 were presented with a Certificate of Accreditation at their Board of Health meeting on June 30 in Cadillac. Pictured (from left) are DHD#10 Board of Health Chair Ray Steinke, from Mecosta County; DHD#10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes; and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Orlando Todd. (Courtesy photo)

CADILLAC — After a lengthy process involving self-assessment, on-site review and corrective plans of action for twelve program requirements, the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director, Orlando Todd, presented District Health Department No. 10 with a Certificate of Accreditation at their Board of Health meeting on June 30 in Cadillac.

Scoring 98 percent, above the minimum program requirements, DHD#10 received Accreditation with Commendation.

“The fact that DHD#10 is so large, covering 10 counties, and scored so high on the accreditation requirements really speaks volumes about the strength and success of their services,” said Todd. “DHD#10 is widely respected throughout the public health community as a proactive and accomplished leader.”

The Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Program identifies and promotes the implementation of public health standards for local public health departments and evaluates and accredits departments based on their ability to meet these standards. The 12 programs evaluated include: Administrative Capacity Services – Powers and Duties; Local Public Health Operations – Food Service, General Communicable Disease Control, Hearing and Vision, Immunizations, Onsite Wastewater Treatment Management, and HIV, AIDS and STDs; Categorical Grant-Funded Services – Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BCCCNP), Family Planning, Women, Infants and Children Administration (WIC), and Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS).

District Health Department #10 is Michigan’s largest geographical health department, mandated to promote and protect the public from unsafe and hazardous conditions and provide methods of promoting good health and disease prevention.

DHD #10 serves Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, and Wexford counties. For more information, visit www.dhd10.org.

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