Kansas City Health Department gets national accreditation

The Kansas City Health Department is among the first to get a new national accreditation, it announced this week.

The Public Health Accreditation Board accredited it and 19 other health departments nationwide.

Dr. Rex Archer, health department director, said, “When you see our seal of accreditation, you will know the Kansas City, Mo., Health Department has been rigorously examined and meets or exceeds national standards, ensuring that we meet the public health needs of those we serve as effectively as possible.”

The department has long been accredited by the state but is among the first to get the new national accreditation.

PHAB is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and sets standards for more than 3,000 governmental public health departments.

Mayor Sly James issued a statement: “I am very proud, but not surprised, to hear about this designation for our city’s health department. Our city’s public health programming, and the staff who implement those programs, are top notch.”

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