Missouri Voluntary Local Public
Health Agency Accreditation Program
The Missouri Institute for Community Health (MICH) is the accrediting
body for Missouri’s Voluntary Accreditation Program for Local Public
The Missouri public health system began exploring accreditation for
local public health agencies in the 1990s. Initial work began under
the umbrella of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services,
but in 2002, MICH
took the lead. The first set of standards was piloted and then issued
in 2003. The first local public health agency was accredited in 2003.
When accreditation standards were revised in 2006, the Operational Definition of a Functional Local Health Department
created by the National Association of City and County Health Officials
(NACCHO), along with the work of the Public Health Accreditation Board
(PHAB) contributed to the revision.
In our constant commitment to make the Missouri Voluntary Accreditation
Program as user friendly as possible, beginning June 2009, all local
public heath agencies (LPHA) who wish to apply or reapply for
accreditation will use Google docs for their application,
self-assessment, and all supporting documents. The account site will
also be used by reviewers and staff to review files and prepare for the
self-assessment. LPHA may view Google docs as an opportunity to create
a running history of the accreditation process and a baseline for
We hope you will find this process logical, comprehensive, convenient,
and designed with your busy schedules in mind. Please read the
Overview section of the Accreditation Manual in its entirety before
beginning and share with other staff who are responsible for some
aspect of the accreditation process.
New Fee Schedule effective July 1, 2011
Click to Download Accreditation Procedures Update July 22, 2009
A Note About the Heartland Centers Learning Management System (LMS) and Achieving Accreditation
The LMS system was developed to help achieve the goal of assessing and improving the preparedness and core public health competency of the workforce. The LMS system allows individuals to enroll in a professional development plan and receive a transcript and certificates that document all programs completed. The individual’s progress with his professional development plan can then be tracked on-line by his agency’s administrator to assist with the agency-wide workforce training, planning and applying for accreditation. To access the LMS go to www.heartlandcenters.com.
For additional information in utilizing the LMS to achieve training requirements for accreditation, click here.