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CONTACT: Jeff Hershberger, 816-840-2548 (pager)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 26, 2013

Health Department one of the first in the nation

to receive national accreditation

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department is one of the first in the U.S. to receive accreditation, and the first in the four-state region of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

The City’s Health Department was accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and was one of 20 to be awarded this new distinction out of hundreds of health departments across the country that are preparing to seek accreditation. The accreditation board sets standard goals for more than 3,000 public health departments, requiring a strict, multi-faceted peer-reviewed process. The City’s Health Department spent about three years working on improvements and gathering documentation to earn the distinction.

“Our accreditation demonstrates increased accountability, quality of performance and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and our partners,” said Rex Archer, MD, MPH, Health Department director. “When you see our seal of accreditation, you will know the Kansas City, Mo., Health Department has been rigorously examined and meets or exceeds national standards, ensuring that we meet the public health needs of those we serve as effectively as possible.”

Mayor Sly James also commented on the news. "I am very proud, but not surprised, to hear about this designation for our City's health department," he said. "Our City's public health programming, and the staff who implement those programs, are top notch. I'm happy that the department is publicly recognized in this manner and appreciate the dedication of each employee who make it the tremendous resource that it is."

PHAB is jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. PHAB sets standards against which the nation’s more than 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services.

More information on the Health Department is at www.kcmo.org/health.

For media inquiries please contact Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, at 816-840-2548 (pager).

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