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It Starts in Deschutes County

On May 11 and 12, public health professionals traveled to Deschutes County, Oregon for the first beta-test site visit in the country. It was another step in the national effort to develop accreditation standards for state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments.
It Starts in Deschutes County

Photo courtesy Deschutes County Health Department

May 20, 2010

On May 11 and 12, public health professionals traveled to Deschutes County, Oregon for the first beta-test site visit in the country. It was another step in the national effort to develop accreditation standards for state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments.

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) had reason to be excited because this visit was the launch of a comprehensive test of their system for accreditation. PHAB has been working on a national effort for voluntary accreditation since 2009 to improve the quality and performance of all health departments in the country.

Dr. Bud Nicola, faculty member at NWCPHP and member of the PHAB Board, accompanied the site visit team to Deschutes as an observer. Throughout the upcoming months, a number of beta-test site visits will be taking place at 30 different beta sites. PHAB anticipates official accreditation of health departments to begin in mid-2011.

PHAB standards of accreditation provide a means of performance evaluation, quality improvement, demonstrating accountability, and celebrating successes among health departments. PHAB also hopes accreditation will enhance health department visibility.

For more information, visit PHAB or Deschutes County Health Department.

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