Maine CDC Press Release

June 13, 2016

Maine CDC Earns National Public Health Accreditation

AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has earned public health accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has earned public health accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Maine CDC joins 18 other state health departments that have achieved this distinction. Fewer than 200 health departments across the nation are accredited.

The PHAB's goal is to improve and protect public health by transforming the quality and performance of public health departments. This national program, jointly supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation establishes rigorous standards that foster continuous quality improvement and excellence. To earn accreditation, a health department must undergo a multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds these quality standards and measures. Maine CDC has been working toward accreditation over the last several years.

"This recognition is reflective of both organizational excellence and a desire to continuously improve upon policies, processes and services," said Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew. "While we can and should take pride in this accomplishment, successful re-accreditation will be guided by our ability to continue our incorporation of the elements that define excellence in public health in our day-to-day work."

The PHAB standards cover a dozen different domains including public health assessments, investigation and surveillance, communication and education, community collaboration, policies and planning, enforcement of public health laws, workforce capacity, leadership and process improvement. A full list of the domains and the multiple standards associated with them can be found at http://www.phaboard.org/wp-content/uploads/PHABSMWEBLR1.pdf .

"The Maine CDC joins the growing ranks of accredited health departments in a strong commitment to their public health mission," said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD., RN, FAAN. "Residents of a State or community served by a nationally accredited health department can be assured that their health department has demonstrated the capacity to protect and promote the health of that State or community." Maine's accreditation is in effect for five years.

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About the Public Health Accreditation Board

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), established in 2007, was created to serve as the national public health accrediting body and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The development of national public health accreditation has involved and is supported by public health leaders and practitioners from the national, Tribal, State and local levels. For more information, visit http://www.phaboard.org