Public Health Accreditation for CPH
Public Health is a Leader in Accreditation
Columbus Public Health (CPH) was among the first public health
departments in the country to receive national accreditation from the Public
Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This was a rigorous two year
multi-faceted, peer review assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a
set of quality standards and measures for public health and is reassessed every
five years. CPH achieved reaccreditation in December of 2019 and is currently
preparing for the next reaccreditation review in late 2024.
Public Health Accreditation
Public health department accreditation was developed to
standardize and improve the quality of health departments across the country.
It is not currently a requirement, it is a standard. While it is not a
requirement nationally, all health departments in Ohio are mandated to be
accredited by the Ohio Department of Health.
Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), along with 4,000 public health experts,
developed this process to measure performance against a set of standards based
on “The Ten Essential Public Health Services.”
Accreditation challenges us to think about what we do and how we
do it using tried and true methods. Accreditation also brings the recognition
of reaching these high standards. The more efficient a health department is,
the more effective we can be at doing our work – with an ultimate goal of
protecting health and improving lives.
It Means to US
The purpose of accreditation is to make sure that CPH is the
best we can be. Every day, changes and adjustments are made so we can better
serve Columbus residents and visitors. It also provides a framework for
how to continually improve everything we do. It is a promise to the
community, as well as partners, that CPH is the best it can be.
The program, which is
jointly supported by the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets
standards against which the nation’s more than 3,000 governmental public health
departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and
performance. Learn More