The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the creation of a new voluntary national accreditation program open to public health departments for states, local municipalities and tribal nations.
CDC announces public health accreditation program
The new program was developed in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and will be administered through the not-for-profit Public Health Accreditation Board.
A news release on the program said inspectors will examine 10 “essential areas of public health activities” and ensure that accredited departments are committed to constant improvement. “Just as the public expects hospitals, law enforcement agencies and schools to be accredited, so should they come to expect public health departments,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a written statement.
Thirty health departments have already taken part in an initial round of testing for the accreditation process, including the state health departments of Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington and Wyoming.
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