County of Marin Health and Human Services

Public Health Accreditation

The Marin County Division of Public Health has embarked on an exciting, multi-year journey to becoming an Accredited Health Department through the national non-profit organization, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

What does it mean to be an Accredited Health Department?

Accreditation showcases the health department’s commitment to community health and demonstrates to the public and policy makers that the services being provided, as well as the internal operations of the department, are meeting rigorous external standards. Some benefits reported by accredited health departments include:

  • An institutional commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement processes within and across programs
  • Expand and strengthen community partnerships
  • Improve accountability to external stakeholders
  • Better identify strengths and opportunities for improvement
  • External funders favor accredited programs in competitive grants

What is the Public Health Accreditation Board?

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accredits public health departments to strengthen public health infrastructure and transform governmental public health.

Through public health accreditation and promotion of innovation, PHAB supports health departments in their work to promote and protect the health of the communities they serve.  PHAB believes both accreditation and innovation are critical to public health transformation; together they can ensure that health departments are continually improving in line with national public health standards while building health and equity.

To learn more about Public Health Accreditation check out PHAB's website.