Fairfax County Health Department Awarded National Accreditation
Accredited health departments demonstrate the capacity to serve their communities well
June 9, 2016
Fairfax County Health Department announced today that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, tribal and territorial public health departments.
Fairfax is one of fewer than 200 health departments that have thus far achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011. However, hundreds of health departments across the country are preparing to seek accreditation through PHAB, the non-profit organization that administers the national public health accreditation program.
“We are pleased and excited to be recognized for achieving national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” said Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Health for Fairfax County.
“Engaging in the accreditation process and meeting accreditation standards has validated our ongoing efforts to become a values-driven organization and advanced quality and performance within the Department, laying the foundation for improved protection, promotion and preservation of community health.”
The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s nearly 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. 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.
The Fairfax County Health Department has been working to demonstrate that it meets PHAB’s accreditation standards for more than two years. While it has been an agency-wide effort, the process was led by Public Health Analyst Robin Wilson and a 27-member accreditation team.
“The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide are responsive to the needs of our community,” said Dr. Addo-Ayensu. “With accreditation, Fairfax County Health Department is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work.”
Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. In cities, towns and states across the nation, health departments provide 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 public health emergencies.
About the Fairfax County Health Department
The mission of the Fairfax County Health Department is to protect, promote, and improve health and quality of life for all in our community. The agency provides services at 18 locations throughout the county, serving the residents of Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, and the towns of Herndon and Vienna. Learn more about Fairfax County Health Department at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd or call 703-246-2411, TTY 711.
About the Public Health Accreditation Board
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), established in 2007, was created to serve as the national public health accrediting body, and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The development of national public health accreditation has involved, and is supported by, public health leaders and practitioners from the national, Tribal, state and local levels. Learn more about PHAB or sign up for the PHAB e-newsletter by visiting www.phaboard.org.
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