Topics: Public health

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It’s Possible: Voluntary Accreditation for Rural Public Health Departments

graphic of a rural public health department


With national standards now available for voluntary accreditation, rural public health departments need to determine the feasibility of that activity for their organization. The Public Health Accreditation Board President and CEO joins researchers and experts to share information about accreditation and how rural health departments can achieve that designation.

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December 18, 2019

Understanding Rural Health Departments: Do They Have Unique Accreditation Needs?

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Governance, organizational size, and other factors may impact rural local health departments’ ability to take on voluntary accreditation. In addition to a brief review of these issues, accreditation officials, professional societies, and researchers share how they are working together to better understand these challenges in order to foster equity for all public health departments desiring accreditation.

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December 18, 2019

Taney County Health Department: Accreditation and Holding to a Higher Standard

Taney County Health Department logo


Sharing how national and state voluntary accreditation helps their department meet the public health needs of their county’s population — and its 8 million yearly visitors — Missouri’s Taney County Health Department director Leslie Marshall also provides tips and ideas for other rural health departments thinking about accreditation.

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December 18, 2019

Responding to the HIV Crisis in Scott County, Indiana: Q&A with Dr. William Cooke

Dr. William Cooke


Scott County, Indiana, has been in the national spotlight since experiencing the largest HIV outbreak in rural America’s recent history. The town’s only physician at the time, Dr. William Cooke, took action to bring healing and hope to his community of Austin and the surrounding county. In this Q&A, he shares the motivation behind his compassionate approach to care.

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November 28, 2018

Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence: Some Do’s and Don’ts for Health Providers

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In this in-depth story, multiple clinical issues surrounding domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural settings are discussed by providers, researchers, and those serving indigenous populations. Rural prevalence rates, provider knowledge gaps, and healthcare expenditures are also reviewed.

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October 17, 2018