Polk County Health Department (PCHD) proudly announces it has achieved national reaccreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). PCHD initially received accreditation in 2013, one of the first 13 in the nation. Accreditation is granted for five years and at that time health departments can apply for reaccreditation. PCHD recently went through the reaccreditation process to ensure the services and care provided are meeting or exceeding national standards. The residents of Polk County can be assured that PCHD provides excellent service and care.
“We are pleased and excited to again be recognized for achieving national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” said Brian Kaczmarski, Director of the Health Department. “The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide meet the needs of our community.”
Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. In cities, towns, and states across the nation, health departments provide a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. Polk County Health Department believes this accomplishment enhances its ability to work towards its mission.
“Whenever you see our seal of accreditation, you will know that PCHD has been carefully examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health,” Kaczmarski said. “By continuing to improve our services and performance, we can be sure we are meeting the public health needs of those we serve as effectively as possible.”
The Polk County Health Department operates under the Community Services Division which also houses the Department of Children and Families and Behavioral Health Department. Together, the three distinct Departments provide much needed services to the citizens of Polk County. “We like to think of our Public Health Department as the prevention expert within our Division,” said Tonya Eichelt, Community Services Division Director. Mental Health and Substance Abuse are the top community health needs in Polk County. Behavioral Health focuses on mental health and addiction recovery, Department of Children and Families focuses on enforcement of keeping kids safe and the Health Department focuses on prevention and healthy living. “The Division model helps us to continuously improve services with each Department specializing in their area of expertise,” said Eichelt.
You can learn more about the Polk County Health Department by visiting our website at www.polkcountyhealthdept.org or liking us on Facebook.