1st Large Local Health Department in New York State to Receive This Distinction
Mineola, NY – Nassau County Department of Health announced today that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments. Nassau County Department of Health is the first large local health department in New York State, and one of fewer than 200 nationally that has achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011.
“I congratulate and am extremely proud of the Department of Health for obtaining this distinction and for their exemplary leadership in promoting the health of our residents,” said County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “This achievement is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the Department of Health staff who have been consistently recognized as innovative leaders, as demonstrated by their National Model Practice awards.”
New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, said: “Local health departments play a critical role in the State’s mission to promote and protect the health of New Yorkers. I congratulate the Nassau County Department of Health and its Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein for meeting the high quality standards established by the Public Health Accreditation Board and achieving public health accreditation.”
“The Nassau County Department of Health is proud to have achieved accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board which recognizes that the quality of the programs and services that we provide are responsive to protecting and promoting the health of the residents of Nassau County,” said Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. “This accreditation means that our department and the efforts of our dedicated staff have met or exceeded a rigorous, multifaceted, peer-reviewed assessment of quality standards and measures for public health departments.”
“Achieving accreditation indicates that Nassau County Department of Health is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the community by striving to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers,” said Ray (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, chair of PHAB’s Board of Directors and affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.