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What is public health accreditation – and why now?

The Ohio Department of Health is pleased to announce that it has enhanced its ability to serve Ohioans by earning accreditation from the national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

To receive accreditation, which lasts for a five-year period, ODH completed a rigorous peer-reviewed  assessment process that evaluated quality and performance standards and measures. 

As ODH Director Rick Hodges has noted, earning national accreditation shows that ODH is committed to operating at the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness in its work to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans. Accreditation enables ODH to demonstrate the agency’s accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations. 

The other PHAB-accredited state health departments are in California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia. In Ohio, eight local health jurisdictions have earned PHAB accreditation – Columbus Public Health, Delaware General Health District, Erie County Health Department, Huron County Public Health, Licking County Health Department, Mahoning County District Board of Health, Medina County Health Department and Summit County Combined General Health District.

Ohio has always been a leader in public health – and this new national accreditation process developed for all public health departments is demonstrating the state's commitment to excellence when it comes to the health of all Ohioans.

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 the national public health accreditation program has involved, and is supported by, public health leaders and practitioners from the national, state, and local levels.

The goal of accreditation  is to improve the quality and performance of all health departments in the country – state, local, territorial and tribal. For public health departments, accreditation means demonstrated accountability to our communities. In addition to ODH, local health departments in Ohio are also working to become accredited by 2020.

In 2014, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) applied to become a nationally accredited health department by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). As part of its commitment to continuous quality improvement, and as a requirement for accreditation, ODH is pleased to release the 2015-2016 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Addendum to the 2012-2014 SHIP as well as its 2015 Strategic Plan.

Email the OPI for more information about accreditation and quality improvement.

Last Updated: 11/23/15