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County Executive McCoy Celebrates Health Department Earning National Accreditation

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:10 AM

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Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that the Albany County Department of Health has earned what few other health departments in the state and country have achieved – national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The designation from the nonprofit requires rigorous, high-performance standards to be met that ensure quality services and programs.

The accreditation program is supported by not only the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation but also the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I’m proud that our Health Department is once again setting itself apart from most others in the state and the country with this accreditation, being among the less than 10% who have achieved the designation in the entire country,” said County Executive McCoy. “Whether it’s protecting against environmental hazards or improving health outcomes for our people, these standards and benchmarks will allow us to continue building on our successes, like Project Orange and Complete Streets that have been named best practice models.”

“This is a huge milestone for our department and ensures that we are advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the work we do each day, so that we can meet our community’s health needs as effectively as possible. PHAB accreditation demonstrates our accountability and credibility to everyone with whom we work,” said County Department Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen.

Of the country’s 3,000 government health departments, 244 have gained national accreditation as of November 2018, and Albany County is the first county in the Capital Region to earn the designation. Accreditation standards are set for the core functions that every health department should be able to carry out, everything from educating the public, utilizing community partnerships, monitoring public health, connecting residents to and providing health care and developing comprehensive policies.

The accreditation approval follows a recent announcement that showed Albany County is making strides in a number of health factors as reported by the 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.” Among New York’s 62 counties, Albany County ranked 7th for overall “Health Factors,” 7th for the “Social and Economic Factors” category and 5th in the “Clinical Care” category.

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