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

rs who have demonstrated, by their adherence to the high PHAB standards, that they are committed to quality in their efforts to protect and improve the health of their communities. They have demonstrated to their communities that they are capable of making a major contribution to improving the health of the people they serve in an efficient, effective, and transparent way. In leading the accreditation movement for health departments, these health departments are demonstrating that public health is leading the effort to make our nation and every community healthier.”

PHAB-accredited agencies range in size from small health departments serving communities of 45,000 to those serving large metropolitan areas of millions, such as the Chicago Department of Public Health. Hundreds of health departments are currently preparing to seek national accreditation through the program, which launched in September 2011 after more than a decade in development.

Kane County Health department was “energized and strengthened” through the accreditation process, said Barbara J. Jeffers, MPH, executive director of the newly accredited Kane County Health Department in Aurora, Ill.

“We used the process as an opportunity to critically assess our effectiveness, improve our processes, and continuously improve the quality of our public health programs for the residents of Kane County,” Jeffers said. “The constant support of the Kane County Board and community partners was vital to this historic accomplishment. Achieving accreditation opens the door to a number of benefits, including increased credibility, accountability, and possible funding advantages. Our journey of continuous process and quality improvement moves forward each day.”

Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. Across the nation, health departments provide a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing dise
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