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Denver Public Health
605 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204-4507
(303) 602-3700
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William Burman, MD, Director
5280 "Top Doctor" in 2014 and 2013
(303) 602-3683

Judith Shlay, MD, Associate Director
5280 "Top Doctor" in 2014, 2013 and 2012

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

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