According to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), accreditation is the measurement of a health department's performance against a set of nationally recognized and evidence-based standards, the issuance of recognition of achievement by a nationally recognized entity, and the continual development, revision, and distribution of public health standards. 
The goal of the voluntary accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of Tribal, state, local, and territorial public health departments. To successfully achieve accreditation, a health department must complete a series of processes and steps described in detail on the PHAB website
Public Health Accreditation in Colorado (as of 10/2019)
  • 8 Accredited Health Departments: 
    • ​El Paso County Public Health (08/20/2013)
    • Mesa County Public Health (03/8/2016)
    • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (03/8/2016)
    • Pueblo City County Health (11/15/2016)
    • Weld County Public Health (11/15/2016)
    • Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (03/21/2017)
    • Tri-County Health Department (11/14/2017)
    • Jefferson County Public Health (3/21/2019)
  • 1 Local Public Health Agencies - Registered/Applied
  • 7 Local Public Health Agencies - Preparation
Colorado Accreditation Coordinators Network resource group
Resource group available to all Colorado accreditation coordinators. The group uses peer sharing and learning to support accreditation efforts. A listing of current Accreditation Coordinator contacts in Colorado can be found HERE.  For more information or to join the network, contact
Information Resources on Public Health Accreditation

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