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On November 10, 2015 the Davis County Health Department (DCHD) became one of the first 100 health departments in the nation to achieve national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The voluntary national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s public health departments. To receive accreditation Davis County Health Department underwent a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment to ensure it meets or exceeds a specific set of quality standards and measures.  

The Department was aided in its drive to achieve national accreditation from community partners.  Partner agencies, coalitions, residents, and stakeholders helped to identify the most important public health issues facing Davis County residents. Those partnerships and coalitions tackled these issues and have lead to a healthier community. 

The Davis County Health Department joins the growing ranks of accredited health departments in a strong commitment to their public health mission,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of the strengths and areas for improvement so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people they serve in their communities.

National accreditation is not just a one-time stamp of approval the Department will continue to review programs and processes in an effort to continuously improve.  The Davis County Health Department is on target to apply for Reaccreditation in October of 2020.   

Public Health Accreditation Board


PHAB a nonprofit 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 (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.    The voluntary national accreditation program is supported by the nation's leading public health organizations including the American Public Health Association (APHA), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH), National Indian Health Board (NIHB), National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), and Public Health Foundation (PHF).

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.

The accreditation standards serve as the framework for an objective evaluation process and are based on the 10 Essential Public Health Services.



Core Accreditation Documents

As part of the application process PHAB requires the successful completion of three prerequisite documents; a Community Health Assessment (CHA), Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), and the Department Strategic Plan.   These three documents not only guide how the department moves forward but aids in prioritization of programs, services, and funding through community input and continuous improvement.  


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