Fifty Percent of U.S. Population Now Protected by PHAB-Accredited Public Health Departments

State and local public health departments in the United States work every day to fulfill their crucial mission of protecting and promoting the health of the communities they serve. Through the achievement of national accreditation, a growing number of health departments have demonstrated a commitment to having their work reviewed against national standards. This week, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announced it has awarded national accreditation status to 21 health departments and one integrated local public health department system. The decisions mark a new milestone as the number of governmental public health departments accredited through the nonprofit national organization now surpasses 100.

National accreditation status was awarded March 8, 2016 to:

  • Bullitt County Health Department, Shepherdsville, KY
  • City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Long Beach, CA
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, CO
  • DeKalb County Board of Health, Decatur, GA
  • Delaware Division of Public Health, Dover, DE
  • East Central District Health Department, Columbus, NE
  • Florida Integrated Local Public Health Department System, Tallahassee, FL
  • Franklin County Public Health, Columbus, OH
  • Henry County Health Department, Napoleon, OH
  • Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, Waukegan, IL
  • Mesa County Health Department, Grand Junction, CO
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City, MO
  • Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Portland, OR
  • Public Health-Idaho North Central District, Lewiston, ID
  • Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster, NY
  • Santa Clara County Public Health Department, San Jose, CA
  • Stratford Health Department, Stratford, CT
  • Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment, Stillwater, MN
  • Whatcom County Health Department, Bellingham, WA
  • Wicomico County Health Department, Salisbury, MD
  • Worcester Division of Public Health/Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance, Worcester, MA
  • Yavapai County Community Health Services, Prescott, AZ

Read the full press release here.

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