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Public Health Accreditation

Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health are working together on national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of health departments. National public health accreditation has many benefits, such as:

  • Continuous focus on improving the health department
  • Increased credibility and accountability to the community
  • National recognition for excellence in public health practice
  • Increased opportunity to engage the public health workforce
  • Access to a network of public health experts
  • Potential funding advantages

Accreditation is based on standards that public health departments must use to provide the best services possible. To be accredited, the health department is required to complete a Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan and Strategic Plan. Documentation showing how the health department meets the standards, in addition to an on-site review, is also required.

Accreditation Key Milestones and Timeline

Accreditation team selected Complete - July 2013
Statement of Intent submitted to PHAB Complete - August 2013
Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan,
and Strategic Plan completed (prerequisites for the application)
Complete - January 2014
Application submitted to PHAB Complete - March 2014
Final documentation submitted to PHAB Complete - January 2015
Site visit completed Complete - August 2015

Accreditation Resources