SAINT LOUIS COUNTY, Mo – The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Health departments awarded this accreditation have met an exceptionally high standard of care. The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health is one of fewer than 300 of the nation’s nearly 3,000 health departments that have achieved this prestigious designation.
“The PHAB accreditation reaffirms that our Department of Public Health is truly dedicated to its mission,” County Executive Steve Stenger said. “Our opioid action plan and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program are just two examples of the department’s capacity to protect and promote our community’s health.”
PHAB has developed comprehensive standards and measures focused on services offered and the processes used by agencies to ensure quality care including adherence to evidence-based best practices. Accreditation is a peer-reviewed, rigorous process that takes several years to achieve. The Department of Public Health will be accredited for 5 years, through 2023, when the department will reapply to maintain its status.
“We are excited to be recognized for achieving national standards that foster and promote continuous quality improvement,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, Director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health. “The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide are as responsive as possible to the needs of our community. With accreditation, the department is demonstrating accountability and credibility to the community that we serve and the partner organizations with which we work.”
Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. They provide a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
To learn more about the Saint Louis County Department of Health, call (314) 615-0600 or visit stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness.
To learn more about the Public Health Accreditation Board, visit www.phaboard.org.