GRDHD is accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)
Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s Tribal, state, local, and territorial public health departments. GRDHD is the 7th public health agency in the state of Kentucky and one of approximately 60 across the country to successfully achieve accreditation status through PHAB, the non-profit organization that administers the national public health accreditation program. This recognition comes as the agency is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
“We are extremely excited to be recognized for achieving national standards that promote effectiveness and continuous quality improvement,” said Deborah Fillman, Public Health Director. “The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide are responsive to the needs of our community. Achieving and maintaining accreditation demonstrates increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work.” 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 more than 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.
“Whenever you see our seal of accreditation, you will know that Green River District Health Department has been examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health,” Fillman said. Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. In cities, towns, and states across the nation, health departments provide a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
Green River District Health Department is completing a three year cycle of community health improvement begun in January 2012 in each of the seven counties throughout the district. “This has provided GRDHD with an excellent opportunity to collaborate with community partners and address common health issues and concerns such as obesity, tobacco and substance abuse, access to care and teen issues.” Fillman said. “We are looking forward to beginning the three year cycle again in January 2015.”
Green River District Health Department joins the growing ranks of accredited health departments in a strong commitment to their public health mission,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement, so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people they serve in their communities. Residents of a community served by a nationally accredited health department can be assured that their health department has demonstrated the capacity to protect and promote the health of that community.” The national accreditation program was created collaboratively over a 10-year period by hundreds of public health practitioners working at the national, Tribal, state, and local levels. Since the program’s launch in September 2011, hundreds of public health departments have applied to PHAB for accreditation, and hundreds of public health practitioners from across the nation have been trained to serve as volunteer peer site visitors for the program.
“Achieving accreditation indicates that Green River District Health Department is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the community by striving to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers,” said Leslie M. Beitsch, MD, JD, chair of PHAB’s Board of Directors and chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine. “Accreditation also promotes consistency in meeting standards. With an ever-increasing number of health departments now applying for and becoming accredited, you will be able to expect to receive the same quality of public health services wherever you go in the United States.”
Green River District Health Department serves the counties of Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster.
About the Public Health Accreditation Board
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), established in 2007, 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 accreditation has involved, and is supported by, public health leaders and practitioners from the national, Tribal, state, and local levels. Learn more about PHAB or sign up for the PHAB e-newsletter by visiting www.phaboard.org.