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State health departments are the governmental body serving a state and recognized as having primary statutory authority to promote and protect the public's health and prevent disease in humans. As funding for public health continues to decline, it is imperative that the state health department become more efficient in its operation. Opportunities to streamline processes and focus on quality improvement can assist the state health department as it adjust to decreasing funds.
State health departments are eligible for accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Accreditation will assist the state in building on quality improvement, becoming more efficient, and will provide a means to be recognized for achieving high standards in public health as accreditation process is peer reviewed. The state department of health is working toward accreditation and encourages the local health departments to pursue accreditation, either individually within the local county or multi-jurisdictional.