JillLaw2013El Paso County Public Health has become the first public health agency in Colorado to earn national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

The agency is one of only five health departments to receive accreditation this year, and one of only 19 accredited health departments in the United States.

“Achieving and maintaining accreditation provides the agency with a number of benefits, including increased credibility, accountability and possible funding advantages,” said Public Health Director Jill Law. “We will gain valuable, measurable feedback to continuously improve the quality of our work.”

PHAB is an independent organization that administers the national public health accreditation program, which aims to improve the public’s health by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s 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.

El Paso County Public Health is among the first agencies to meet the required standards and measurements to be considered accredited.

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Accreditation status was also awarded Aug. 20 to:

· Central Michigan District Health Department, Mount Pleasant, Mich.;

· Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago ;

·  Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Kansas City, Mo.; and

· Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa, Okla.