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Three Oklahoma public health departments receive national accreditation

The Public Health Accreditation Board announced Monday that it had awarded a five-year accreditation to 11 health departments across the U.S., including the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and the Comanche County Health Department.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: March 5, 2013
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To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a lengthy assessment process, which includes a site visit.

Gary Cox, executive director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, said the accreditation could mean a better opportunity to get state, federal and private grants.

“We have been deemed, after all this review, to be a high-performing health department that is effectively delivering public health services to the community,” he said.

Cox said he hopes the department can work more with surrounding cities to compile resources. This would increase the department's ability to serve high-risk populations, such as children living in areas with poor health outcomes and people older than 50 who are at a high risk for developing chronic conditions, such as diabetes.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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