Washington County Public Health has successfully completed a rigorous review process to maintain national accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). In maintaining its accreditation status for another five years, Washington County Public Health has demonstrated that it meets PHAB’s quality standards and measures and has the capacity to evolve and advance to continue improving the health of the public.
Washington County Public Health is one of 373 health departments to achieve accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011.
The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s nearly 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. 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 quality standards and measures.
Washington County Public Health achieves its mission of improving and protecting the public’s health through core activities that are focused on the desired results that all people:
- Have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.
- Are protected from disease, disability and premature death.
- Live in safe and healthy environments.
- Have access to quality integrated and culturally appropriate health services.
- Are prepared for and able to respond to public health emergencies.
- Have the opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices where they live, learn, work and play.
“We are pleased and excited to again be recognized by PHAB for achieving national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” says Public Health Division Manager Marie Boman-Davis. “This work would not be possible without our incredible team and community partners. Effective public health work requires a strong network of leaders and organizations coming together to address community needs.”
Washington County Public Health improves and protects the public’s health across the lifespan through prevention, education, partnerships and healthy environments.
Photo above: Staff members Genevieve Ellis, Eva Hawes, Alex Coleman and Erin Jolly helped lead the work toward achieving public health reaccreditation.