Public Health Accreditation Board awards accreditation to three health departments
Number of PHAB-accredited health departments now totals 22
Alexandria, VA, November 19, 2013 — Three health departments this week joined the growing ranks of those accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The decisions bring the number of public health departments now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 22.
PHAB is the independent organization that administers the national public health accreditation program, which aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s Tribal, state, local, and territorial health departments.
Five-year accreditation status was awarded Nov. 19 to the Kane County Health Department in Aurora, Ill.; the Kenosha County Division of Health in Kenosha, Wis.; and the Licking County Health Department in Newark, Ohio.
“Each of the accredited health departments announced this week demonstrated a consistent and continued commitment to improving public health in their communities,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Preparing for accreditation is not easy, but these health departments rolled up their sleeves and got it done. They are to be commended for working to serve their communities in new and improved ways.”
The national accreditation program sets standards against which the nation’s more than 3,000 public health departments can continuously work to improve the quality of their services and performance. The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people in the communities they serve.
“Congratulations to these newly accredited health departments,” said PHAB Accreditation Committee Chair F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD. “They join others who have demonstrated, by their adherence to the high PHAB standards, that they are committed to quality in their efforts to protect and improve the health of their communities. They have demonstrated to their communities that they are capable of making a major contribution to improving the health of the people they serve in an efficient, effective, and transparent way. In leading the accreditation movement for health departments, they are demonstrating that public health is leading the effort to make our nation and every community healthier.”
The Public Health Accreditation Board congratulates the 22 public health departments that have achieved national accreditation as of November 19, 2013:
- Central Michigan District Health Department, Mount Pleasant, Mich.
- Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, Ill.
- Comanche County Health Department, Lawton, Okla.
- El Paso County Public Health, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Franklin County Health Department, Frankfort, Ky.
- Kane County Health Department, Aurora, Ill.
- Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Kansas City, Mo.
- Kenosha County Division of Health, Kenosha, Wis.
- Licking County Health Department, Newark, Ohio
- Livingston County Department of Health, Mt. Morris, N.Y.
- Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department, Edgewood, Ky.
- Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Oklahoma City, Okla.
- Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma City, Okla.
- Polk County Health Department, Balsam Lake, Wis.
- Spokane Regional Health District, Spokane, Wash.
- Summit County Combined General Health District, Stow, Ohio
- The Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County, Inc. d/b/a Cabarrus Health
Alliance, Kannapolis, N.C.
- Three Rivers District Health Department, Owenton, Ky.
- Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa, Okla.
- Washington State Department of Health, Olympia, Wash.
- West Allis Health Department, West Allis, Wis.
- Wood County Health Department, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.