Alexandria, VA — The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) this week awarded five-year national accreditation status to five public health departments. The decisions bring the number of public health agencies now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 19.
Accreditation status was awarded August 20, 2013 to:
- Central Michigan District Health Department, Mount Pleasant, Mich.;
- Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, Ill.;
- El Paso County Public Health, Colorado Springs, Colo.;
- Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Kansas City, Mo.; and
- Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa, Okla.
Eleven states now boast at least one PHAB-accredited public health department. PHAB-accredited agencies range in size from small health departments serving communities of 45,000 to those serving large metropolitan areas of millions, such as the Chicago Department of Public Health, which was awarded accreditation this week.
“This is an important achievement and recognition that highlights the city of Chicago’s ongoing commitment to health and wellness on the part of all of our residents,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We are focused on policies that will help all Chicagoans and their families enjoy the highest quality of life. We will continue to strive to make Chicago one of the healthiest cities in the world.”
Hundreds of health departments are currently preparing to seek national accreditation through the program, which launched in September 2011 after more than a decade in development.