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

and their families enjoy the highest quality of life. We will continue to strive to make Chicago one of the healthiest cities in the world."

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.

“The country should be proud of health departments that continue to demonstrate their capacity to meet the national public health accreditation standards,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “In an era when government isn't always viewed in a positive light, health departments continue to exhibit a commitment to ‘good government’ practices. These five health departments join the ranks of those who demonstrate to their communities that they intend to serve them well. Congratulations to this group of high performers.”

To receive accreditation, 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.

“We are extremely appreciative of the dedication and commitment these five health departments have made to their communities and states, demonstrating both accountability and transparency in their operations,” said PHAB Board of Directors Vice Chair Leslie M. Beitsch, MD, JD, director of the Center for Medicine and Public Health at Florida State University College of Medicine. “Overall, the willingness to have others assess your health department’s ability to meet national public health standards, while protecting and promoting the health of the population you serve, is an inspiration to all of us working in public health.”

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 diseases and injur
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