Naugatuck Valley Health District achieves national accreditation

Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) is the first health district and the second public health agency in CT to achieve national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). To celebrate this accomplishment, a celebration is scheduled for Feb. 3 in Emmett O’Brien High School’s Culinary Arts Program Restaurant, CAFÉ 141. The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments.

Public health districts in CT provide a regional approach in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. They provide a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, housing, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.

The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s more than 3000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures.

Since the program’s launch in September 2011, hundreds of public health departments have applied to PHAB for accreditation, and hundreds of public health practitioners from across the nation have been trained to serve as volunteer peer site visitors for the program. Currently, 45% of the U.S. population or nearly 139 million people, are now served by health departments that meet PHAB’s rigorous national standards for delivering quality programs and services to their communities.

Naugatuck Valley Health District is located at 98 Bank Street, Seymour, and serves residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour, and Shelton. For more information regarding the district’s services, call Naugatuck Valley Health District, 203-881-3255, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit nvhd.org.

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