Frequently Asked Questions
This section contains the most frequently asked questions regarding OCCHA and the accreditation process. For further information on any of these questions, please refer to the Accreditation Documents or contact OCCHA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is OCCHA?
The Ontario Council on Community Health Accreditation is an independent agency directed by a Board whose members are appointed by professional associations in public health. It’s mission is to promote excellence in public health programs and services. This is done primarily through accreditation.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is the process whereby the organizational and administrative aspects of a public health agency, including program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, are measured against peer-set principles and standards.
How long does it take to prepare for an accreditation survey?
The length of time it takes to prepare for an accreditation survey depends on the "readiness" of the public health agency. Generally, public health agencies take anywhere from 1 to 2½ years to prepare for accreditation. It is recommended that public health agencies interested in participating in the accreditation process take time to review the accreditation principles and standards to assess their "readiness" prior to contacting OCCHA.
How many public health units are accredited?
There are currently eleven public health units in Ontario that are accredited. In addition, there are a further 7-8 health units that are either in various stages of preparation for an accreditation survey or are seriously considering participation in the accreditation process within the next 2-4 years.
What is the cost of participation in the accreditation process?
At the time of application, a public health agency is required to submit an application fee. The application is due at least 60 days prior to the actual on-site survey. In the event that an agency’s application for an accreditation survey is denied (i.e. the agency is not considered to be in minimal compliance with OCCHA standards), the application fee will be returned to the agency less a nominal fee for review of the application. Please contact the OCCHA office for a current fee schedule.
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