Tuesday, August 27, 2013

El Paso County Public Health one of five high-performing health departments to receive national accreditation in 2013

El Paso County Public Health has become the first public health agency in Colorado to earn national accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). El Paso County Public Health is among five high-performing health departments to receive accreditation this year; the total number of PHAB-accredited health departments across the United States is 19.

El Paso County Public Health has proactively aspired to become one of the first Public Health organizations in the country to obtain national accreditation by PHAB.

PHAB is an independent organization that administers the national public health accreditation program. 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.


Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. 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 health emergencies.

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