Reinforcing the Long-Term Value of Accreditation, Four Health Departments Successfully Achieve Reaccreditation Through PHAB
Alexandria, VA, March 28, 2019 — Every day, communities around the nation trust and rely on health departments to keep them safe from diseases and injuries, promote good health, and protect them from hazards. To uphold that trust, more and more health departments are seeking and obtaining national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). National accreditation assures people and communities that their health department has the capacity to provide the highest quality of services. This week, 13 health departments achieved national initial accreditation through PHAB, bringing the benefits of accreditation to nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population.
PHAB, the nonprofit, nongovernmental 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. To receive national accreditation through PHAB, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards and measures.
Included in this week’s accreditation decisions are nine local health departments, three state health departments, and one Tribal health department. Marking yet another major milestone for PHAB’s national accreditation program, four health departments this week became the first to successfully achieve national reaccreditation through PHAB, thereby extending their accreditation status for another five years.