The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) today announced national accreditation status for the first Vital Records and Health Statistics (VRHS) unit through its VRHS Accreditation program. The South Dakota Department of Health Office of Vital Records and Office of Health Statistics is the first nationally accredited VRHS unit and received initial accreditation status for five years.

The VRHS national accrediting program, which receives support from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), sets standards against which the nation’s governmental VRHS units can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance.

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