Cattaraugus County Health Department Awarded National Accreditation Through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)

News from Health, Posted on Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:23pm

For Immediate Release


PHAB-Accredited Health Departments Demonstrate the Capacity to Serve Their Communities Well


Cattaraugus County Health Department (CCHD) announces that it has achieved national accreditation throught 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. CCHD is one of only 211  health departments nationally that have thus far achieved accreditation since PHAB launched in 2011.

“We are pleased and excited to be recognized for achieving national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” said Dr. Kevin D. Watkins, Public Health Director. “The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide are as responsive as possible to the needs of our community. With accreditation, CCHD is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials, and partner organizations with which we work.”

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 nearly 3,000 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. “Whenever you see our seal of accreditation, you will know that the Cattaraugus County Health Department has been rigorously examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health,” Dr. Watkins said. “By continuing to improve our services and performance, we can be sure we are meeting the public health needs of those we serve as effectively as possible.”

Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. In cities, towns, and states across the nation, health departments provide a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.

“The Cattaraugus County Health Department joins the growing ranks of accredited health departments in a strong commitment to their public health mission,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender. “The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement, so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people they serve in their communities. Residents of a community served by a nationally accredited health department can be assured that their health department has demonstrated the capacity to protect and promote the health of that community.”

Chair of the Board of Health, Joe Bohan, M.D., commented, “Congratulations Dr. Watkins to you and your staff on this prestigious award. I know the work and countless hours that you and others put into this achievement. The County should be very proud of its Health Department and your leadership.”

For more information about the Cattaraugus County Health Department, go to  or call 716-373-8050.