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Eleven Public Health Departments Awarded National Accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board

We join with these health departments in celebrating the fine work that they do to make our communities healthier.

A national program to improve and protect the health of the public continued its nationwide expansion this week as 11 more governmental public health departments achieved five-year accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The decisions bring another 19.7 million people into a rapidly growing network of communities served by health departments that meet rigorous national standards for delivering quality programs and services.

PHAB, the nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that administers the national public health accreditation program, aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health departments. Launched in 2011 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PHAB’s accreditation program has quickly grown to bring the benefits of national accreditation to 198 million people, or 64 percent of the U.S. population.

“All of the 11 health departments accredited this week are to be commended for demonstrating a consistent and continued commitment to improving public health in their communities,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We join with these health departments in celebrating the fine work that they do to make our communities healthier.”

Demonstrating the capacity to provide the highest quality of services to the 4.8 million people it serves, the Alabama Department of Public Health this week became one of 26 state health departments to achieve PHAB…

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