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Public Health Accreditation Board Awards Five-Year Accreditation to Three Health Departments
Date:11/20/2013

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) November 20, 2013

Three health departments this week joined the growing ranks of those accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The decisions bring the number of public health departments now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 22.

PHAB is the independent organization that administers the national public health accreditation 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.

Five-year accreditation status was awarded Nov. 19 to the Kane County Health Department in Aurora, Ill.; the Kenosha County Division of Health in Kenosha, Wis.; and the Licking County Health Department in Newark, Ohio.

“Each of the accredited health departments announced this week demonstrated a consistent and continued commitment to improving public health in their communities,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Preparing for accreditation is not easy, but these health departments rolled up their sleeves and got it done. They are to be commended for working to serve their communities in new and improved ways."

The national accreditation program sets standards against which the nation’s more than 3,000 public health departments can continuously work to improve the quality of their services and performance. The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people in the communities they serve.

“Congratulations to these newly accredited health departments,” said PHAB Accreditation Committee Chair F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD. “They join othe
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