​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.

PHAB logoTo 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.

Since the launch of PHAB’s national accreditation program, 134 public health departments and one integrated local public health department system have achieved accreditation through PHAB.

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.

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​ The official 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 Barb 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.​

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.

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Preparing for Accreditation

4-5-13 Health Department officially files for accreditation

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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.

Right, 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.

Reaccreditation 2019

In late November, 2019, the Kane County Health Department (KCHD) successfully achieved national reaccreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), extending its accreditation status for another five years. KCHD was the first county health department in Illinois to achieve accreditation. When initial accreditation expires, KCHD must apply for and achieve reaccreditation to maintain accreditation status. 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 reaccreditation, 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. KCHD was recognized for creating and supporting numerous outreach programs including Kane Kares - providing assistance for first time mothers, Kane Health Counts – community health improvement plan, All Our Kids - early childhood networks, Fit for Kids – a program to reduce childhood obesity, creation of the Kane County Behavioral Health Council, communicable disease monitoring and awareness, emergency preparedness, environmental health, and numerous community partnerships.

Kane County Health Department Announces National Reaccreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board ​- 11/27/2019