FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN OKALOOSA COUNTY MAINTAINS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION STATUS BY PUBLIC HEALTH ACCREDITATION BOARD

Fort Walton Beach, Florida. – The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has reaccredited the Florida Department of Health, which includes the Okaloosa County Health Department, as an integrated health department for another five years. This seal of accreditation signifies that the Unified Florida Department of Health, which includes the State Health Office and all 67 county health departments, meets or exceeds national standards for public health performance management and continuous improvement of the quality. The Department has emphasized accountability and performance to improve the health of communities statewide.

“We are thrilled to be reaccredited by PHAB,” said Beth Smith, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County. “DOH-Okaloosa continues to strive to improve our services and increase performance so that we can improve the health of our community.”

PHAB commended the Department for operating as a collaborative and efficient integrated system, noting that collaboration between counties is evident through shared programs and positions across the state. PHAB commended staff across the integrated system for their dedication, passion and pride in their work to improve the health of the communities they serve. PHAB also commended the Department for its continued commitment to accreditation.

PHAB, the nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that administers the national accreditation program, works to improve and protect public health by advancing and transforming the quality and performance of government public health services in United States.

About the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County is nationally accredited as part of an integrated local public health service system by the Public Health Accreditation Councilstrives to protect, promote and improve the health of all Florida residents through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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