The Ontario Council on Community Health Accreditation (OCCHA)
was formed in 1981. OCCHA in an independent agency directed by a Board
of Directors whose
members are appointed by professional associations involved in public
OCCHA's conviction is that the provision of quality public
health programs and services requires sound administrative and operational
processes. Through the accreditation process,
OCCHA provides an independent, voluntary, peer evaluation of the
administrative and operational aspects of local public health agencies.
To be appointed to the OCCHA Board of Directors, a
representative must be active at the management/consultative level in
public health and must be approved for election or appointment by the
member organization which he/she is representing on the OCCHA Board.
OCCHA’s Mission Statement
The Ontario Council on Community Health Accreditation
promotes accountability and excellence in public health programs and
establish, review and revise accreditation standards related to
governance, administration, program planning, implementation, monitoring
enhance knowledge through consultation and shared experience.
measure agency performance against peer set standards, provide
comprehensive reports and confer accreditation awards.
promote and facilitate continuous quality improvement in public health
units through consultation across Ontario public health units.
work in partnership with other community health organizations and
relevant provincial ministries to promote excellence in public health
programs and services.
Key Initiatives for 2012 - 2013
Conduct accreditation surveys
and annual reviews of public health units across Ontario.
Initiate formal evaluation of
the accreditation program, “Advancing Quality in Public Health”.
of the OCCHA quality framework for public health units in support of
continuous quality improvement and performance management.
development of tools/resources to support public health units in their
implementation of the Ontario Public Health Organizational Standards.
5. Ongoing consultation and
collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in support
of public health performance management and accountability.