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Public Health Accreditation Board Awards National Accreditation to Three Public Health Departments
Date:6/3/2013

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) June 03, 2013

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announced today it has awarded five-year accreditation status to three public health departments. PHAB is the independent organization that administers the national public health accreditation program.

Accreditation status was awarded this week to Polk County Health Department in Balsam Lake, Wis.; Summit County Combined General Health District in Stow, Ohio; and Wood County Health Department in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

The decisions bring the number of public health agencies now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 14. More than 130 health departments are currently preparing to seek national accreditation through the 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.

Public health entered an era of increased accountability in February when PHAB awarded national accreditation to the first 11 public health departments. 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.

“Another milestone has been reached, as these three health departments have achieved national public health accreditation,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD
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