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Health Department awarded national accreditation

May 26, 2016

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department one of five statewide and fewer than 200 nationally to meet or exceed Public Health Accreditation Board quality standards

Accredited status comes after more than a year of preparation and extensive peer-reviewed assessment process to measure the health department’s work against a set of quality standards and measures.

TACOMA, Wash. –
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has achieved national accreditation status from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). It is one of only five health departments in the state and one of fewer than 200 nationwide to meet PHAB’s stringent quality standards. PHAB delivered the news to the local health department yesterday.

Site reviewers visited Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department March 9 and 10 after a two-year document review process.

The national accreditation program seeks to advance the quality of public health services at the nation’s 3,000 state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments through an extensive standards and performance-based approach.

“We are excited to achieve PHAB’s national standards for excellence and continuous quality improvement,” said Director of Health Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH. “Accreditation confirms our commitment to deliver high quality services and to protect and improve the health of our community,” he said.

Across the nation, health departments provide a range of services to promote healthy behaviors; prevent diseases and injuries; ensure access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and prepare for and responding to public health emergencies.

“Achieving accreditation shows that Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is dedicated to continuously improve the quality of the services as it carries out its mission,” said Ray Nicola, MD, MHSA, chair of PHAB’s Board of Directors and affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.

About Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department:
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. As part of its mission, the Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policy, programs and treatment in order to protect public health. Learn more at

About the Public Health Accreditation Board:
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), established in 2007, was created to serve as the national public health accrediting body, and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The development of national public health accreditation has involved, and is supported by, public health leaders and practitioners from the national, Tribal, state, and local levels. Learn more about PHAB or sign up for the PHAB e-newsletter by visiting

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