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MSDH receives national accreditation

The Mississippi State Department of Health made a big announcement on Monday concerning their hard work in being ranked among the best. 

At a press conference in Jackson, State Health Officer Mary Currier announced that the MSDH received national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board.

“After more than three years of community collaboration, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of our policies and procedures and demonstrating continual improvement in all areas of the agency, we have met or exceeded all of the standards set by the national Board of Public Health Accreditation,” said Currier.

Currier said this now makes Mississippi part of an elite group of accredited state and local health departments. Prior to applying the MSDH created and built with partners of state health assessment data that showed what was happening in communities. From that they developed a strategic health plan, with partners that impact all ages, economic status, and communities.

“The documentation is more than 13,000 pieces of paper. This accreditation shows that we are using data to drive business and using evidence based policies and intervention to change health,” said Currier.

Currier said this is a huge accomplishment for the MSDH who continued to move forward even during hard times in receiving this accreditation.

“This achievement shows that we are a safe bet for further investment and that we provide services that meet or exceed all of the national standards,” said Currier.

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