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Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center receives support funding for public health accreditation efforts

The Osage Nation’s Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center is receiving a $10,500 award from the National Indian Health Board to be used toward preparing and applying for national public health accreditation.

In a news release, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit NIHB said the Osage Nation and seven other tribal health department entities were selected to receive support funding through its Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative program during the most recent funding cycle. The funding support will assist the tribes as they work to prepare and apply for voluntary public health accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

According to an ON statement, the health center “will use the grant to expand its efforts to break down silos while bridging its clinical health and public health into a comprehensive healthcare system that collaboratively works to improve the health and well-being of (the Nation) using a holistic approach. This grant will allow staff from various levels and various departments/programs within the Health & Wellness Division to learn and work together on training (professional development) in best practices of data collection (e.g. needs assessments), implementing a culture of quality improvement and utilizing performance management to guide the ON Health System. In turn, this gain in knowledge and increased capacity will promote the development/editing of a Tribal Health Improvement Plan (THIP) that meets PHAB standards to promote the Osage Nation’s ability to potentially apply for Public Health accreditation in the future.”

The Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center is located on the ON government campus in Pawhuska and can be reached at (918) 287-9300. The WHC website and more clinic information is available at:



Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2017-01-17 00:00:00


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Benny Polacca
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.

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