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Public Health Accreditation Board Awards National Accreditation to Five High-performing Health Departments
Date:8/21/2013

Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) August 21, 2013

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) this week awarded five-year national accreditation status to five public health departments. The decisions bring the number of public health agencies now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 19.

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.

Accreditation status was awarded Aug. 20 to:

  •     Central Michigan District Health Department, Mount Pleasant, Mich.;
  •     Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, Ill.;
  •     El Paso County Public Health, Colorado Springs, Colo.;
  •     Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Kansas City, Mo.; and
  •     Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa, Okla.

Eleven states now boast at least one PHAB-accredited public health department. 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, which was awarded accreditation this week.

"This is an important achievement and recognition that highlights the city of Chicago’s ongoing commitment to health and wellness on the part of all of our residents," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "We are focused on policies that will help all Chicagoans
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