LANE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ONE OF ONLY 11 PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS NATIONWIDE TO BE GRANTED INITIAL ACCREDIDATION STATUS. by Pat Farr

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Lane County Board of Commissioners also serves as the Board of Health

Last week, the nation Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) granted Lane County Public Health initial accreditation status. To receive national initial accreditation through PHAB, 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. Lane County Public Health has been undergoing this review process for the last several years.

“The value of becoming a PHAB-accredited health department extends far beyond the interior walls of the health department,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “People living and working in the communities served by these health departments can be assured that their health department is strong and has the capacity to protect and promote their health. Just going through the accreditation process itself helps health departments pinpoint the areas that are critical to improving the work they do for their communities.”

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) plays a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people in communities across Lane County by providing 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. New research and best practices are helping to make this task more efficient and effective, and accreditation is one way to insure LCPH is staying on track and up to speed.