For Immediate Release: May 25, 2016
Contact: HCA Communications (714) 834-2178, HCAComm@ochca.com
OC Health Care Agency’s Public Health Services Achieves National Accreditation
(Santa Ana, CA) – The County of Orange Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Public Health Services division has been awarded five-year national accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) following a rigorous peer-review assessment process.
HCA’s Public Health Services (PHS) now joins a handful of health departments in the State of California to reach this milestone, which demonstrates its capacity to meet the highest standards in providing services to Orange County residents. In its report, PHAB noted the quality of Public Health Services staff and the strength of community partnerships by stating, “The overall impression is that Orange County Public Health Services is a well-functioning health department that has developed partnerships within the community to serve the county’s population.”
Public health accreditation is a national, voluntary process that was formally launched in September of 2011 and is administered by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Accreditation demonstrates a public health department’s proficiency in providing core public health services that include preventing diseases and injuries; promoting healthy behaviors; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
“We are very proud to receive this distinction and feel that it reflects the excellent work and dedication of our staff and community partners,” said David Souleles, Deputy Agency Director, Public Health Services.
To receive national accreditation, a health department must undergo a robust, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards and measures. To receive its accreditation, PHS submitted over 680 documents and participated in a two-day site visit to demonstrate conformity with the PHAB standards. Accreditation was also a motivating factor in the development of Orange County’s first community health assessment and community health improvement plan; the Orange County Health Improvement Plan was published in May 2014 and submitted as part of the application for accreditation. More information about the plan is available at www.ochealthiertogether.org.
To learn more about the work of HCA Public Health Services, please visit: http://ochealthinfo.com/phs.