TACOMA, Wash. –Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has achieved national accreditation status from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). It is one of only five health departments in the state and one of fewer than 200 nationwide to meet PHAB’s stringent quality standards. PHAB delivered the news to the local health department yesterday.
Site reviewers visited Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department March 8 and 9 after a two-year document review process.
The national accreditation program seeks to advance the quality of public health services at the nation’s 3,000 state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments through an extensive standards and performance-based approach.
“We are excited to achieve PHAB’s national standards for excellence and continuous quality improvement,” said Director of Health Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH. “Accreditation confirms our commitment to deliver high quality services and to protect and improve the health of our community,” he said.
Across the nation, health departments provide a range of services to promote healthy behaviors; prevent diseases and injuries; ensure access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and prepare for and responding to public health emergencies.
“Achieving accreditation shows that Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is dedicated to continuously improve the quality of the services as it carries out its mission,” said Ray Nicola, MD, MHSA, chair of PHAB’s Board of Directors and affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.
About Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. As part of its mission, the Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policy, programs and treatment in order to protect public health. Learn more at www.tpchd.org.Print This Post