The Delaware County Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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.

“We are pleased to be an accredited public health agency,” said Regional Director Maria Alexander.

“Our staff have worked diligently to ensure the programs and services we provide are responsive to the needs of the people in Delaware County.”

The Delaware County Health Department joins seven other health departments in Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma State Department of Health central office in Oklahoma City, which have earned accreditation.

The PHAB accreditation program was created collaboratively over a 10-year period by hundreds of public health practitioners working at the national, Tribal, state, and local levels.

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.

The Delaware County Health Department offers a general clinic for sexual health, family planning, immunizations, head lice checks, and communicable disease control; along with restaurant inspections, health and dental education, SoonerStart, ChildrenFirst for families with young children, and WIC services.

The clinic is located at 432 S. Ninth in Jay, and can be reached by phone at (918) 253-4511.