Washington health department among the first to earn national accreditation

“A person’s health affects their life every day, from the moment they get up until they go to bed at night,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “In public health we strive to give people the information and opportunities to make healthy decisions. Accreditation shows we have effective programs and measures in place to meet the needs of our communities and help people be as healthy as possible. I’m proud of this accomplishment and Washington residents should be, too.”

Accreditation measures capacity to protect food and water, prepare and respond to health threats, promote healthy behaviors, and prevent diseases and injuries. These public health protections are the basis of healthy people and healthy communities. The accreditation program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“Congratulations to the health departments that have achieved this extraordinary accomplishment,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden in a news release. “Just as schools, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies do, health departments can use the accreditation process to improve services and better protect health. We look forward to the day when most people in this country are served by accredited health departments.”

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