Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment receives national accreditation

Mark Salley, Director of Communications | 303-692-2013  | mark.salley@state.co.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2016
 
 
 
Credential demonstrates the capacity to serve the public
 
DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. Colorado is one of 16 states to achieve this distinction.
 
The purpose of the accreditation program is to improve and protect public health by advancing the quality and performance of state and local health departments. Colorado’s department is one of fewer than 200 state, local, tribal or territorial health departments to achieve accreditation since the organization launched in 2011.
 
“We are proud to be nationally recognized for standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “The accreditation process helps ensure our state’s health and environmental programs and services are effectively meeting the needs of Colorado communities.”
 
To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment to ensure it meets or exceeds quality standards and measures.
 
Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of the department, said, “Accreditation shows we are a high-performing public health department and demonstrates our accountability and credibility to everyone with whom we work. It proves we meet rigorous national standards and helps us meet our citizens’ needs as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
 
Two local public health agencies in Colorado have been accredited: El Paso County Public Health and Mesa County Health Department.
 
 “The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment joins the ranks of accredited health departments in a strong commitment to their public health mission,” said accreditation board president and CEO Kaye Bender. “The peer-review process of accreditation provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement, so they can better protect and promote the health of the people they serve.”
 
The national accreditation program is jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
 
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