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Lewis and Clark Public Health receives reaccreditation

Independent Record - 6/7/2024

Jun. 6—Lewis and Clark Public Health was one of nine public health departments that received reaccreditation on May 14 from the Public Health Accreditation Board.

PHAB on May 29 announced 12 accredited departments across the nation including newly accredited departments like Cambridge-Guernsey County Health Department in Ohio, Ottawa County Health Department in Ohio and Rappahannock Area Health District in Virginia.

Lewis and Clark's department had to complete a comprehensive review process to be given reaccreditation, which lasts for a five-year period.

PHAB is a national accrediting body for state, local, tribal and territorial public health departments in the country.

"We celebrate and recognize these health departments' hard work and commitment to excellence and improving the health and well-being of the communities they serve," PHAB President and CEO Paul Kuehnert said in a news release. "Accreditation is more than a seal. It ensures that health departments have the necessary tools, resources and infrastructure to provide high quality services to their communities."

According to the organization, accreditation is important because it strengthens the departments' infrastructure and develops workforces.

Each department is measured based on performance against nationally and evidence-based standards, which is a catalyst for quality and performance improvement.

Sonny Tapia is a criminal justice and education reporter for the Helena Independent Record.

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