The Northwestern Health Unit reported it has been awarded unconditional accreditation from the Ontario Council on Community Health Accreditation (OCCHA).
“This award demonstrates the commitment of the health unit to continuous quality improvement, and to providing effective and efficient public health programs and services,” explained OCCHA executive director Meighan Finlay.
Last spring, OCCHA spent three days at the health unit checking its work in several areas.
The list includes leadership, management of finances and resources, working with others, programs, and services.
A team from OCCHA reviewed health unit documents and processes, as well as interviewed staff and community partners.
The award means the Northwestern Health Unit has met the standards of excellence set for public health units across Ontario.
“We are very pleased to be an accredited health unit,” said board of health chair John Albanese.
“This award recognizes our ongoing work to provide high-quality public health services to the people of Northwestern Ontario,” he noted.
The Northwestern Health Unit services communities in the Kenora and Rainy River districts.
It has offices in 13 municipalities, including Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout.