- November 25th 2011
A voluntary accreditation program for public health departments across the country is being tested by 30 departments before its national launch in 2011.
The goal of the new program is to improve the quality of care delivered by public health agencies that are responsible for such services as immunizations, hearing tests for children and restaurant inspections. The initiative, believed to be the first of its kind, is being funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"With accreditation status, public health departments will be able to demonstrate increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and other stakeholders," said Kaye Bender, RN, PhD, president and CEO of the nonprofit Public Health Accreditation Board, which was established in 2007 to oversee the effort.
At least two states accredit their local health departments, public health officials said. Those programs, in North Carolina and [Read more]