Alabama De­part­ment of Public Health ac­cred­ited

Cherokee County Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

The Alabama De­part­ment of Public Health has achieved na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion through the Public Health Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Board. The na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­gram works to im­prove and pro­tect the health of the public by ad­vanc­ing and ul­ti­mately trans­form­ing the qual­ity and per­for­mance of health depart­ments. ADPH is one of 26 state health depart­ments that have achieved ac­cred­i­ta­tion through PHAB since 2011.

“Ac­cred­i­ta­tion is a way to help us eval­u­ate and im­prove our over­all ser­vice to the public,” State Health Of­fi­cer Dr. Tom Miller said. “The ac­cred­i­ta­tion process helps to en­sure that the pro­grams and ser­vices we pro­vide are as re­spon­sive as pos­si­ble to the needs of our com­mu­nity. By achiev­ing ac­cred­i­ta­tion, we are demon­strat­ing in­creased ac­count­abil­ity and cred­i­bil­ity to the public, fun­ders, elected of­fi­cials, and our part­ner or­ga­ni­za­tions. We will con­tinue to im­prove our ser­vices and per­for­mance to meet the public health needs of those we serve as ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble.”

The na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­gram sets stan­dards for the na­tion’s nearly 3,000 gov­ern­men­tal public health depart­ments to 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.

Dr. John Meigs, chair­man of the Alabama State Com­mit­tee of Public Health, said, “We are pleased that the Alabama De­part­ment of Public Health has been ac­cred­ited for the next five years by the Public Health Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Board. This mile­stone ac­com­plish­ment is phe­nom­e­nal news, and I com­mend Dr. Miller and his staff for this mon­u­men­tal achieve­ment. This is the of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion that the de­part­ment meets or ex­ceeds the rig­or­ous stan­dards es­tab­lished and is com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ous qual­ity im­prove­ment to meet our state’s needs as ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble.”

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