Logan County Health Department Receives National Accreditation
Ponca City Now - March 5, 2018 2:10 pm
The Logan County Health Department has received national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board for the first time. Logan County was one of nine health departments across the country that was recently recognized for adherence to PHAB’s rigorous national standards.
Launched in 2011 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PHAB’s accreditation program is the national standard for public health in the United States. To receive accreditation through the program, a health department must undergo a multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards and measures.
“The recognition received by the Logan County Health Department is a result of the hard work of the staff and recently retired administrator Jay Smith,” said Logan County Regional Administrative Director Gunnar McFadden. “We are also appreciative of the support from the Oklahoma State Department of Health central office in Oklahoma City in preparing the information needed to reach this goal.”
Logan County Health Department joins Cleveland and Comanche Counties, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Tulsa Health Department and OSDH as the only PHAB-accredited organizations in Oklahoma.
“Several of the health departments accredited this month serve populations in the hundreds of thousands, while others are small health departments that serve fewer than 50,000 people,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This range of diversity shows that with the proper planning and support from their community partners, health departments can work to ensure their programs and services are as responsive as possible to the needs of their communities.”