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Clackamas County Public Health Division Maintains National Accreditation Status through the Public Health Accreditation Board

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Maintaining Accreditation through PHAB Ensures Public Health Division’s Capacity to Continue to Evolve, Improve and Advance

The Clackamas County Public Health Division today announced it has successfully completed a review process to maintain national accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). PHAB’s 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 can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by PHAB for achieving national standards that advance and transform public health practice by championing performance improvement, strong infrastructure and innovation," said Clackamas County Public Health Director Philip Mason-Joyner.

“In addition to meeting PHAB’s rigorous quality standards and measures, we demonstrated our capacity to continue to evolve, improve, and advance with our partners on behalf of the communities we serve,” Mason-Joyner said. “We hope this announcement will reassure our community, our partner organizations, our funders, and our elected officials that the services we provide are as responsive as possible to the needs of our community.”

The Clackamas County Public Health Division achieved initial national accreditation status through PHAB in June of 2014 after undergoing a comprehensive peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it met a set of quality standards and measures. PHAB-accredited health departments demonstrate great leadership by placing their work for peer review with the goal of using the feedback obtained during the process to improve the services they provide to their communities.

Today’s announcement acknowledges that the Clackamas County Public Health Division has the capacity to become increasingly effective at improving the health of the community.

Clackamas County Public Health Division’s programs and services include:

  •  Access to Preventative Health: nurse home visiting, WIC, and immunizations
  • Center for Population Health: substance use reduction, active and safe transportation, community health improvement plans and assessments, health equity, outreach and community engagement
  • Environmental Health: health inspections and safe drinking water
  • Infectious Disease Control and Prevention: disease education, prevention and investigations
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Medical Services
  • Vital Statistics: birth and death certificates

About the Clackamas County Public Health Division
The Clackamas County Public Health Division, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Clackamas County. Learn more about the Clackamas County Public Health Division at www.clackamas.us/publichealth. For more information, please contact Gari Johnson at GJohnson2@clackamas.us or 971-284-2812.

About the Public Health Accreditation Board
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) was created to serve as the national public health accrediting body and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The development of national public health department accreditation has involved, and is supported by, public health leaders and practitioners from the national, state, local, Tribal, and territorial levels. For more information, contact PHAB Communications Manager Janalle Goosby at jgoosby@phaboard.org Learn more about PHAB and accreditation at www.phaboard.org and by signing up for the PHAB e-newsletter.