Public Health Achieves National Accreditation

NEWPORT, Ore. – Lincoln County Public Health is proud to announce that it 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. Lincoln County Public Health is one of only 28 rural health departments in the nation that have thus far achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011. 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.

“Accreditation has been an incredible pathway for our health department to follow toward building a healthier community,” stated Rebecca Austen, Health Department Director for Lincoln County. “We appreciate our staff, our partners and our Advisory Committee for their hard work and dedication to our success. We will continue to improve our practices to further benefit the health of Lincoln County.”

Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. Lincoln County Public Health 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.

“Lincoln County Public Health 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. “The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement, so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people they serve in their communities. Residents of a 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 community.”