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Chippewa County sees national accreditation

The Chippewa County Department of Public Health has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public, by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, tribal and territorial public health departments.

The Chippewa County Department of Public Health is one of 19 city, county and tribal health departments in Wisconsin, that have thus far achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011.

“We are pleased and excited to be recognized for achieving national standards, that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” said Angela Weideman, Chippewa County Public Health director. “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, Chippewa County Department of Public Health is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work.”

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.

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. Achieving accreditation indicates that Chippewa County Department of Public Health is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the community, by striving to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers.

“We would like to thank our community partners, who helped and supported us through this process,” said Weideman. “This accreditation designation is not just for the health department, but it is for all our partners and every resident in Chippewa County.”