The number of health departments demonstrating their desire to be transparent and accountable to their communities again grew larger this week as the Public Health Accreditation Board awarded national accreditation status to 12 more governmental public health departments. Across the United States, the population now served by a health department that has achieved PHAB’s rigorous national standards now surpasses 70 percent, with more health departments seeking the credential each day.
“Accreditation gives health departments the opportunity to tell the communities they serve that they are doing the best job possible,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. As evidence of this, stories about accreditation’s value and impact are starting to pour in from all over the country, she added. “Health departments are telling us that accreditation has accelerated their journeys toward establishing a culture of quality improvement, lifted them to new and higher levels of accountability, given them a framework for setting priorities in difficult economic times, or has opened the door for funding opportunities. We expect to hear many more of these comments as more health departments become accredited,” Dr. Bender added.
National accreditation status was awarded August 21, 2018 to:
- Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge, MA
- Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Madison, WI
- Knox County Health Department, Mount Vernon, OH
- Lincoln County Health and Human Services, Newport, Oregon
- Livingston County Health Department, Howell, Michigan
- Logan County Health District, Bellefontaine, OH
- Marion Public Health, Marion, OH
- Onondaga County Health Department, Syracuse, NY
- Plumas County Public Health Agency, Quincy, CA
- Saint Louis County Department of Health, St. Louis, MO
- Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Springfield, MO
- Williams County Combined Health District, Montpelier, OH