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FILE - The Utah Department of Health has won accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health has won accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

The national program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s nearly 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance.

The department is the fourth accredited public health department in the state, joining health departments from Tooele, Salt Lake County and Davis counties.

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“Our pursuit of national accreditation began years ago and has been a significant undertaking for the entire department,” Dr. Joe Miner, the department’s executive director, said in a statement. “The efforts of public health departments impact every resident every day in the state of Utah. Ultimately, it’s those residents who will benefit from our accreditation status, as the process has helped us identify how we can improve the quality of our services and performance.”

To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multifaceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures.