12/14/09 — WATCH receives state recertification

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WATCH receives state recertification

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on December 14, 2009 2:08 PM

Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, WATCH, has received its third recertification as a Health Carolinians partnership by the Governor's Task Force for Healthy Carolinians.

Healthy Carolinians is based on the concept that community members are the most qualified to effectively prioritize health and safety problems in their area and to plan and executive creative solutions to the problems.

WATCH continues to be a vital component of 76 other certified partnerships across the state charged with the mission of improving the health of all residents.

Since its inception nearly a dozen years ago, WATCH has identified several focus areas, established objectives and targets and developed action plans and interventions, particularly for the uninsured and underinsured population.

The process for recertification is extensive, said Sissy Lee-Elmore, executive director of WATCH. The Governors Task Force has developed a set of rigorous standards, based on community health improvement, which all partnerships must meet in order to be certified or recertified.

"We have been certified since October 1999," she said. "We're privileged to be affiliated with such a fine organization that helps improve the health of North Carolinians."

The recertification process usually occurs every three or four years.