Just what is Public Health Accreditation?

It is the measure of health department performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidence based standards. 

It is the issuance of recognition of achievement of accreditation within a specified time frame by PHAB - Public Health Accreditation Board.

Finally, it is the continual development, revision and distribution of public health standards.

What in the world does this mean to me and my community??

It means that we, your Ashland County Health Department, will have greater accountability in providing you, our Community,  with a higher level of care and services that, not only you deserve, but that are based on certain standards and measures established under PHAB. 

Keep up to date with what our health department is doing as we work towards accreditation. 

1st Edition ACCHD Accreditation Newsletter

2nd Edition ACCHD Accreditation Newsletter

One of the first steps towards Accreditation is capturing the needs and strengths of a community. Capturing the needs and strengths of a community is a challenging undertaking. There is a variety of ways of gathering and interpreting information, and a multitude of methods of constructing data. Each method has its strengths as well as weaknesses. It was this understanding of data collection that Ashland County’s Family Children and First Council made a decision to use three parallel yet divergent strategies in gathering data.

To view the Ashland County Community Health Assessment 2015. (CHA)


You Tube 2015 Broadcast of the Community Health Assessment Report on October 8, 

The Ashland County Health Department has completed its 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan.

To meet one of the major requirements of the PHAB accreditation, a Community Health Assessment (CHA) followed by a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) must be completed. 


To view the ACCHD's Community Health Improvement Plan 2016 (CHIP)


 Ashland County residents are encouraged to  leave feedback regarding these documents, as community input is very important to pursuing excellence in public health.  Please email your questions or comments regarding these documents to  You are also welcome to call the Ashland County Health Department at 419-282-4231 to leave your feedback directly with a staff member.



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