Monday, August 29, 2016

Dakota County Public Health Department achieves national accreditation

The Dakota County Public Health Department recently received national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). 
Dakota County is one of six county health departments in Minnesota to achieve this recognition since the accreditation program started in 2011. A total of 151 county and state health departments have received PHAB accreditation nationwide. The accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and transforming the performance of public health departments.
To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures. Standards are evaluated in 12 domains, including community health assessment, community engagement, performance management and continuous quality improvement. The national accreditation program was created collaboratively over a 10-year period by hundreds of public health practitioners.  
The Dakota County Public Health Department provides a broad range of services to prevent disease and promote and protect the health of county residents. The department supports healthy families and communities where people of all ages and abilities can live healthy, active lives. 
"Public Health Accreditation helps ensure the services we provide are as responsive as possible to the needs our community," said Bonnie Brueshoff, Dakota County public health director. "We are pleased to be recognized for achieving national standards that foster effectiveness and continuous quality improvement.  The health department builds on essential community partnerships to meet the vision of a healthy community for all in Dakota County."
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