We’re excited and honored to achieve national accreditation that recognizes the success our public health programs have in improving the health and wellness of our communities statewide.
Alexandria, Virginia (PRWEB)
September 21, 2017
Demonstrating a consistent and continued commitment to improving public health in their communities, nine governmental public health departments have been awarded five-year accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This month’s accreditation decisions mean that the benefits of being served by a PHAB-accredited health department now extend to more than 203 million people, or 66 percent of the U.S. population.
PHAB, the non-profit, non-governmental organization that administers the national public health accreditation program, 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.
“We congratulate these nine health departments for working to serve their communities in the best possible way,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The accreditation process is a rigorous one that requires a commitment to quality and performance improvement. As we all saw this month with the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, public health has been on the front lines, both before, during, and after the events. A dedication to continuous quality and performance improvement is increasingly important for positioning health departments to prepare for and respond to the nation’s current and emerging public health challenges.”
Seven local health departments and two state health departments were awarded PHAB accreditation on September 13. Among them is the Arizona Department of Health Services in Phoenix, which serves a population of more than 6.5 million people.
“We’re excited and honored to achieve national accreditation that recognizes the success our public health programs have in improving the health and wellness of our communities statewide,” said Cara Christ, MD, MS, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). “To gain national accreditation, PHAB evaluated the effectiveness of ADHS’s public health programs and our…