The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has awarded five-year accreditation status to three public health departments. Accreditation status was awarded May 30 to Polk County Health Department in Balsam Lake, Wis.; Summit County Combined General Health District in Stow, Ohio; and Wood County Health Department in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
The decisions bring the number of public health agencies now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 14. More than 130 health departments are currently preparing to seek national accreditation through the 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.
“Another milestone has been reached, as these three health departments have achieved national public health accreditation,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Once again, health department leaders and their staff have exhibited outstanding courage as they have made their work available for peer review. And once again, we are all able to celebrate the fine work these health departments do.”