National Public Health Accreditation

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The City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services Awarded National Accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board
First Accredited Health Department in the State of New Hampshire 

On March 14th, 2017, The City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community
Services was awarded National Accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). They are the first accredited health department in the state of New Hampshire. The City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services is one of fewer than 200 health departments that have thus far achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011. It has required years of dedication and community partnership.

“We are pleased and excited to be recognized for achieving national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” said Bobbie D. Bagley, Nashua’s Director of Public Health. “The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide are as responsive as possible to the needs of our community. With accreditation, Nashua’s Division of Public Health and Community Services is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work.”

Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. In cities, towns, and states across the nation, health departments provide a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. Achieving accreditation indicates that Nashua’s Division of Public health and Community Services is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the community by striving to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers.

Health Department Accreditation

Benefits


Benefits of working towards accreditation include:
  • Enhancing public health departments and public health infrastructure
  • Increasing accountability and credibility
  • Strengthening of public health services and programs

Steps to Accreditation


There are 7 steps to accreditation, all of which can be found on the Public Health Accreditation Board website.
 

About the Public Health Accreditation (PHAB) Board

 
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), established in 2007, was created to serve as the national public health accrediting body, and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The development of national public health accreditation has involved, and is supported by, public health leaders and practitioners from the national, Tribal, state, and local levels. PHAB sets standards against which the nation’s nearly 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures. Learn more about PHAB or sign up for the PHAB e-newsletter by visiting www.phaboard.org.

Want to learn more?


For more information, or to schedule an interview with Bobbie D. Bagley, Nashua’s Director of Public Health, please call or email Courtney Ellison at ellisonc@nashuanh.gov 603-589-4552.