Public Health Department Accreditation
The goal of accreditation is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of Tribal, state, local and territorial public health departments. In September 2020, we received notification that we were awarded national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Established in 2007, PHAB is the nonprofit organization that administers the national accreditation program. The national program aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and transforming the quality and performance of governmental public health agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
Wayne County Public Health is now one of fourteen local health departments recognized in New York State for earning national public health accreditation and is among an elite group of six local health departments to become the first in the nation to be accredited through a multi-jurisdictional application process. The national accreditation program, which receives support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s governmental public health departments work to continuously improve upon the quality of their services and performance.
PHAB’s public health department accreditation process seeks to advance quality and performance within public health departments. Accreditation standards define the expectations for all public health departments that seek to become accredited. National public health department accreditation has been developed because of the desire to improve service, value, and accountability to stakeholders.
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