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Public Health Accreditation 
Kane County Health Department accredited by the

Public Health Accreditation Board
The Kane County Health Department received national public health department five-year accreditation status on Nov. 20, 2013 through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). With this achievement, Kane County becomes the first county health department in Illinois to reach this status.

To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures. Hundreds of health departments are preparing to seek national accreditation through the program, which launched in September 2011 after more than a decade in development. So far only 22 out of the more than 3,000 health departments in the U.S. have been granted accreditation status
The goal of accreditation is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of state and local public health departments Some of the many benefits of accreditation include:

 •  Increased credibility, accountability, and visibility in our community, throughout Illinois
   and in our nation.
•  Valuable, measureable feedback to continuously improve the quality of work.
•  Evidence that public dollars are being spent on effective and useful programs.
•  Enhanced services that lead to healthier people and a healthier community
   (improved health outcomes).
•  Recognition of excellence.
•  Possible funding advantages.

More information about Public Health Accreditation is available at the Public Health Accreditation Board website HERE
The offical PHAB Accreditation Plaque was presented at the Kane County Board Meeting on Feb. 11, 2014.
Above, Board Chairman Chris Lauzen (left), with KCHD Executive Director Barbara Jeffers, holding the plaque,
State Senator Michael Noland to her right, and KCHD staff.
Press Release:  11-22-13  Kane County Health Department awarded national accreditation status
Accreditation Visit
Accreditation Visit
Our October Accreditation Site Visit
 
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) site visit team spent two days at KCHD (October 3 & 4, 2013), completing the next major step in our process of achieving accreditation. Staff members who comprised each of the 12 domain teams met with members of the PHAB site visitors.

Also meeting with the visitors were members of the Board of Health and Public Health Advisory Committee, as well as community partners.
 
Accreditation Visit
 
Accreditation Event
Accreditation Event
Preparing for Accreditation

4-5-13  Health Department officially files for accreditation



Accreditation filing day event:

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, Kane County Health Department Executive Director Barbara Jeffers, and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.

Left, they chat with IDPH chief of staff Stephen Konya, and County Board Member Melisa Taylor.
 
We are fortunate and proud to have been one of four health departments in the United States chosen by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to be featured in a professional video that highlights the importance of accreditation to the public’s health and how it can benefit our residents. The other health departments that are being featured are San Diego County, Calif., the State of Oklahoma, and Miami Dade County, Fla. You can view their videos as well by following the link below.
 
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