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Health Department receives national accreditation

Posted on 02/01/2017
Health Department receives national accreditation

The Weld County Board of Commissioners recognized the national accreditation given to the Weld Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) by the Public Health Accreditation Board. This accreditation was granted to WCDPHE for meeting the rigorous national standards of public health department performance. The accreditation was made effective as of November 15, 2016, and is valid for a five year period.

The WCDPHE is one of 200 health departments chosen to receive this high standard of accreditation out of more than 2800 local health departments nationally. Additionally, of the 53 local health departments serving our 64 counties in Colorado, WCDPHE is one of only four to receive this accreditation.

To receive this accreditation, a health department must display competency and compliance in 12 domains (ranging from how they assess and investigate health status and risk to the processes and infrastructure of their administration and management). In addition, they must submit to a site visit by the Public Health Accreditation Board, as well as release documentation proving their dedication to improvement (the WCDPHE submitted more than 400 individual documents during their application process).

“The Public Health Accreditation Board is very selective with what departments they choose to award this accreditation, and they couldn’t have chosen a more deserving department,” said Commissioner Chair Julie Cozad. “Their dedication to providing Weld residents with the best service possible is incredible. They are an outstanding team.”