Public Health Accreditation Board approves national accreditation for CDPHE


Boram Kim


The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) recently completed its review of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and approved national accreditation for the state agency. 


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CDPHE announced the accreditation status on September 26th, which will remain in place for the next 5 years. 

“We are proud of once again achieving accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board,” said CDPHE Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan in a statement. “But what matters to Coloradans is what this means to them—that their health department is committed to doing everything it can to protect the health and wellbeing of the people it serves.”

CDPHE was nationally accredited through PHAB on March 8th, 2016, after undergoing a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process. CDPHE said that the same process was applied for reaccreditation and PHAB evaluated its capacity to evolve, improve, and advance. 

PHAB is the national accrediting body for public health departments that works to improve public health practice by prioritizing performance improvement, infrastructure, and innovation.

PHAB’s accreditation program receives support from the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. PHAB also announced reaccreditation of the Weld County Health Department in Northern Colorado.

“We are extremely pleased to be at the point in the accreditation program where the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, along with many others, are successfully maintaining their 5-year accreditation status through PHAB,” said PHAB President and CEO Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN. “In so doing, these health departments are assuring their communities that the value of accreditation is long-term—not a one-time recognition—and that continual improvement is the hallmark of a 21st century organization.”

CDPHE said the feedback received during the peer review process will be used to improve the services it provides to the community.