Congratulations to the ADHS and all the Stakeholders that helped the team achieve national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program improves public health system performance by transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments.

PHAB Accreditation is a multi-year process that ADHS began in 2010 with the development of an agency strategic plan in 2011 and the first ever State Health Assessment in 2014.  Next was building the Arizona Health Improvement Plan.  Along the way, Accreditation includes developing, reviewing, and submitting documentation that supports the accreditation standards evaluate processes and services, outcomes, and progress toward specific goals and objectives.

The entire public health system including numerous Stakeholders need to be involved to achieve this recognition.  Congratulations to AZ’s public health system for this remarkable achievement.

The state health department joins Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, and Yavapai counties as national accredited public health agencies in Arizona.