In June of 2022, in the midst of the still rapidly unfolding public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission No.1 became the first health department in Monmouth County New Jersey to be accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). To receive accreditation, the Department had undergone a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process over several years to ensure it met or exceeded a set of quality standards and measures. The mission of the voluntary national accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health departments.
PHAB‘s initial accreditation assesses a health department’s capacity to carry out the ten Essential Public Health Services; manage an effective health department; and, maintain strong and effective communications with the governing entity.
The value of becoming nationally accredited through PHAB extends far beyond the interior walls of the health department,” says PHAB President and CEO Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN. People living and working in communities served by these health departments can be assured that their health department is strong and has the capacity to protect and promote their health. Just going through the accreditation process itself helps health departments pinpoint the areas that are critical to improving the work they do for their communities.”
About the Accreditation
What is public health department accreditation?
• The measurement of health department performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused, and evidenced-based standards.
• The issuance of recognition of the achievement of accreditation within a specified time frame by a nationally recognized entity.
• The continual development, revision, and distribution of public health standards.
We are so pleased to be recognized by PHAB for achieving national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement.
David Henry, BS, MPH