WAMPSVILLE — The Madison County Health Department has obtained 2017-18 Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI) funding. This award is given to choose health departments by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Now in its seventh season, ASI funding is a competitive, one-time financial award intended to stimulate quality development and promote the willingness of health sections to achieve voluntary national certification through the Public Health Accreditation Board.
This certification measures health department operation against a group of nationally recognized standards. The objective of voluntary national certification is to enhance and protect the health of the general public by advancing the quality and performance of public health sections.
Health departments may use their award to function on almost any certification readiness job of their own choosing. Madison County Health Department will be using its own ASI award to develop performance management and workforce development strategies to support and enhance performance. The Madison County Health Department is just one of 24 local health departments from 13 states to obtain this funding through ASI.
Health departments which are accredited report that certification increases competitiveness for funding opportunities and stimulates performance and quality improvement opportunities.
Additionally, it permits health departments to recognize their weaknesses and strengths, improves management processes, and stimulates better accountability and transparency within the health area.
“During a series of trainings, workshops, and preparation, we will create and implement a performance management system to consistently, effectively, and efficiently function to fulfill residents’ demands while meeting organizational objectives and improve our readiness for certification,” Madison County Health Department Public Health Director Eric Faisst said.