CCHD AWARDED NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

CCHD issued the following press release on March 13, 2018.

CCHD Awarded National Accreditation Through the Public Health Accreditation Board

 Great Falls, MT – The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) recently received notification that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). CCHD is one of fewer than 200 health departments that have thus far achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011.

Pursuing Accreditation is a voluntary decision for a local health department. CCHD selected to undergo this process to help assess its strengths and areas of improvement. “It is extremely important to us that we are constantly working toward bettering ourselves as an Agency. These efforts help us in our efforts to improve the public’s health, and demonstrate increased credibility to the public, funders, elected officials, and partner organizations with which we work,” said Tanya Houston, Health Officer.

To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures. The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s nearly 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance.

“The Cascade City-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 their strengths and areas for improvement, so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people they serve in their communities. Residents of a community served by a nationally accredited health department can be assured that their health department has demonstrated the capacity to protect and promote the health of that community.”

Achieving Accreditation reflects the efforts of CCHD’s employees, support from the Governing Boards, and collaboration that occurs in our community. “This is not an accomplishment that occurs in a vacuum. The incredible staff at our Agency, our partners, the County Commissioners, and the Board of Health were all instrumental in achieving accreditation,” Houston says.

As an Accredited Agency, CCHD will be responsible for submitting annual reports describing how the health department is demonstrating continued improvement and conformity with the standards and will be required to apply for reaccreditation after five years.

For more information or interview opportunities, please contact Tanya Houston at (406) 791-9260 or thouston@cascadecountymt.gov

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Media inquiries should be directed to Tanya Houston 791-9260 (office) or 289-0421 (cell)