Public Health Accreditation
District 4 Public Health is working to achieve accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). In September of 2011, the Public Health Accreditation Board launched a national performance recognition program designed for public health agencies throughout the United States. The goal is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of public health departments.

The accreditation standards are based on the 10 Essential Services of Public Health, the guiding framework in the United States for the responsibilities of local public health systems.

District 4 Public Health estimates that achieving public health accreditation can take up to three years. The application process involves the submission of application materials such as Community Health Assessments, a Strategic Plan, and Health Improvement Plans, in addition to ongoing quality improvement initiatives. The Public Health Accreditation Board certification can be renewed every five years, and will require an annual report of quality improvement activities.

What You Should Know
District 4 Public Health coordinates all public health activities and services throughout the district. Various programs, and departments at the district work with the general public, healthcare providers, hospitals, community partners, schools, local, state, and federal offices and agencies, as well as the media, to prevent disease and to protect and promote the health and safety of the district communities.

In late 2014, District 4 Public Health began working toward achieving accreditation through the new Public Health Accreditation Board certification program.

What You Can Do
The development of the county Health Assessments and Health Improvement Plans will directly involve community input.

If you would like you or your organization to be more involved in commenting on health matters critical to your community and the district, please contact us by emailing Jan Edwards: Jan.Edwards@dph.ga.gov