YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Mahoning County District Board of Health has become a nationally accredited health department.
The announcement was made Wednesday by Mahoning County Health Commissioner Patricia Sweeney.
There are only five nationally accredited health departments in the state of Ohio and only 54 in the nation. There are 3,000 health departments in the United States.
Sweeney said the application process is rigorous and based on a review by the Public Health Accreditation Board.
“We continually work on quality improvement and work to meet the needs of the community constantly,” Sweeney said. “We have a community health improvement plan that identifies some areas that we really have some work to do.”
Sweeney said once you achieve accreditation, there is an ongoing process of submitting reports and continual improvement.