Alexandria, VA — November 21, 2017 — From preventing epidemics to responding to disasters and protecting against environmental hazards, injury and preventable death, state and local public health departments in the United States work every day to fulfill their important work 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 13 more health departments. The decisions mark a new milestone as the number of governmental public health departments accredited through the nonprofit national organization now surpasses 200.
Since the launch of the national accreditation program in 2011, a total of 211 public health departments and one integrated local public health department system have achieved national accreditation status through PHAB. Currently, another 158 health departments are seeking accreditation and more are entering the process each week. PHAB is the non-profit, non-governmental organization that administers the national public health accreditation program, which aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health departments.
With this week’s accreditation decisions, the transformational benefits of being served by a PHAB-accredited health department now reach more than 213 million people across the United States, which means that nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population is now served by a health department that meets PHAB’s rigorous national standards for delivering quality programs and services to their communities. To receive accreditation through PHAB, a health department or integrated local public health department system must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted peer-reviewed assessment process.
National accreditation status was awarded November 14, 2017 to:
- Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
- Cattaraugus County Health Department, Olean, NY
- Clermont County Public Health, Batavia, OH
- Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department, Wisner, NE
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS
- Laurel County Health Department, London, KY
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
- Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services, Glencoe, MN
- North Central Health District 5-2, Macon, GA
- Tri-County Health Department, Greenwood Village, CO
- Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake City, UT
- Winnebago County Health Department, Rockford, IL
- Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency, Woodland, CA