Around the nation, a growing number of health departments are choosing to have their work reviewed against the rigorous national standards of the nonprofit, non-governmental Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). PHAB recently announced it has awarded national accreditation status to nine more health departments—including a significant accreditation milestone: the Oneida Nation in Oneida, Wisconsin.
Oneida became the second Tribal health department in the United States to achieve accreditation through PHAB. Cherokee Nation Health Services in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, achieved national accreditation in 2016.
“The Oneida Nation is truly honored to have obtained accreditation status from the Public Health Accreditation Board,” said Eric Krawczyk, MPH, MCHES, Community/Public Health Officer for the Oneida Comprehensive Health Division. “We hope that we can be an example for other Tribal Nations to continue to pursue accreditation status. As a Nation, we have seen the benefits that the accreditation process has already had on our programs, services and philosophies.”
Since the national accreditation program launched in 2011 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, more than 240 health departments have achieved the prestigious designation.
Reflecting on this group of newly accredited health departments, PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, said this 2018 cohort reflects the diversity of health departments that PHAB seeks to serve.
“Our accreditation process was developed to be applicable to all types of governmental public health departments, regardless of their organizational structure,” Bender said. “In this group, we are so pleased to see the first U.S. Army local installation’s public health department achieve accreditation; the second Tribal Nation public health department receive accreditation; as well as one state health department and a total of seven local health departments. We congratulate all of them for their hard work and their mutual commitment to meeting national standards.”
Including the Oneida Nation, national accreditation status was awarded November 20, 2018 to:
- Greene County Public Health, Xenia, Ohio
- Harris County Public Health, Houston, Texas
- Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines, Iowa
- Oneida Nation, Oneida, Wisconsin
- Princeton Health Department, Princeton, New Jersey
- Richland County Health Department, Sidney, Montana
- USA MEDDAC Fort Riley Department of Public Health, Fort Riley, Kansas
- Sandusky County Health Department, Fremont, Ohio
- Scott County Health Department, Davenport, Iowa