The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has awarded five-year national acreditation status to El Paso County Public Health. Accreditation is based on standards that public health departments can put into practice as they work to provide the best services possible to keep their communities safe and healthy. National accreditation for public health agencies is a new opportunity. In 2013, El Paso County Public Health was the first public health agency in Colorado and one of 19 agencies in the U.S. to be accredited. Some of the many benefits of accreditation include:
- Increased credibility, accountability, and visibility in our community, in Colorado, and in our nation.
- Valuable, measureable feedback to continuously improve the quality of work.
- Evidence that public dollars are being spent on effective and useful programs.
- Enhanced services that lead to healthier people and a healthier community (improved health outcomes).
- Recognition of excellence.
- Possible funding advantages.
The goal of accreditation is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of state and local public health departments. As part of this accreditation, Public Health is required to complete a Community Health Status Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan, and a Strategic Plan. This effort will require participation by all Public Health staff, and the community, as well. You can access the most up-to-date information about the accreditation process by going to the PHAB website at www.phaboard.org