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Ohio Department of Health earns reaccreditation

November 17, 2022
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Ohio Department of Health earns reaccreditation

Five of Ohio’s local health departments gain initial accreditation

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) was awarded reaccreditation status, and five local health departments in Ohio gained initial accreditation status, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announced Wednesday.

Accreditation or reaccreditation is achieved after PHAB performs a systematic review process against national standards. PHAB considers this status a demonstration of the health departments’ commitment to building and maintaining a strong infrastructure to better serve their communities.

The status is awarded (or renewed) for a five-year period.

“Accreditation establishes Ohio’s state and local health departments among the nation’s leaders in public health planning and action,” said ODH Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA. “It is an important demonstration of our commitment to delivering the highest quality of public health service to the people of Ohio.”

The five Ohio local health departments to earn initial accreditation are:

  • Ashtabula County Health Department
  • City of Middletown Health Department
  • Morrow County Health District
  • Noble County Health Department
  • Washington County Health Department

Health departments provide essential services, such as such as vaccinations, food inspections, health education, and vital records, and are key leaders in improving the health and well-being of communities.  To demonstrate accountability, promote transparency, and adopt cultures that promote continuous performance improvement, many health departments strive to achieve national accreditation. 

“Public health departments are the backbone of our public health system,” said PHAB President and CEO Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN.  “Ensuring that they have a strong infrastructure and Foundational Capabilities in place is a vital step in strengthening the health of communities across the country.”



About the Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health’s mission is advancing the health and well-being of all Ohioans by transforming the state’s public health system through unique partnerships and funding streams; addressing the community conditions and inequities that lead to disparities in health outcomes; and implementing data-driven, evidence-based solutions.