September 28, 2006
Charlotte, NC – The Mecklenburg County Health Department has officially been awarded full accreditation by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.
Health Director Dr. Wynn Mabry attended a hearing in Raleigh in August where he was informed of the board's intention to recommend accreditation for Mecklenburg County. He expressed to the board our appreciation for their leadership and praised our site visit team.
The team of four, from other local health departments and the North Carolina Institute of Public Health, spent several days in May visiting various Health Department sites and talking with employees to learn more about the scope and quality of the work being done within the Health Department. The entire process began in April with a self-assessment provided to the Accreditation Team.
North Carolina is the first state to mandate accreditation for its local health departments. The purpose of the process is to assure the same basic level of capacity and services in each of the local departments across the state. Sixteen of 87 N.C. health departments have been accredited since the process began in 2004.
The Accreditation Team Chief reported that one of Mecklenburg County Health Department's strengths was its Strategic Plan based on the 10 Essential Services of Public Health and the extensive knowledge of the plan among the general staff.
It was also noted that the Board of County Commissioners was extremely well informed on local community health issues and the activities of the health department.
In addition, the department was cited for its successes in acquiring significant increases in school health nurses after forming partnerships with community support groups such as United Agenda for Children and the Charlotte Junior League.
Recommendation for accreditation was unanimously approved by the Accreditation Board. For more information on public health in Mecklenburg County, visit