NORWALK, Conn. The Norwalk Health Department has been awarded national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. This program is designed to improve public health by working with local, state, tribal and territorial public health departments throughout the United States.
The Norwalk Health Department is the first local health department in New England to achieve national accreditation, and it is one of only 44 departments to reach this distinction thus far.
The PHAB program sets a high standard for the operation of a health department, said Tim Callahan, director of Health at Norwalk Health Department. With the support of the mayor and Board of Health and the hard work of all of the members of our staff, we demonstrated compliance with all of the 97 measures. I am thankful for the effort and thrilled with the outcome. We are also proud that Norwalk is the first health department in Connecticut to achieve this distinction.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation support the national accreditation program. To meet the standards required, health departments have to go through assessments that cover several important topics and are reviewed by peers in the field.
I am pleased that Norwalk Health Department has achieved recognition for meeting national standards that promote continuous quality improvement, said Mayor Harry W. Rilling. With accreditation, the Health Department is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work.
The mayor has helped lead the Norwalk Health Department to its success, along with the help of the six Board of Health members. The department helps to prevent diseases from spreading and lends to a healthier environment for the community. There are several programs and services offered.
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