Lincoln Trail District Health Department achieves national accreditation

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The Lincoln Trail District Health Department announced recently that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Lincoln Trail is one of 220 health departments nationally and one of 14 in Kentucky that have earned accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011.

PHAB was created to serve as the national public health accrediting body, and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“We are pleased and excited to be recognized for achieving national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” said Sara Jo Best, public health director for Lincoln Trail. “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, LTDHD is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work.”

Best said the seal of accreditation would let the public know LTDHD has been rigorously examined and exceeds national standards for public health.

“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,” she said. “This achievement validates the dedication and hard work of our staff, the extraordinary support of our community partners, and the commitment of our Board of Health to improving the health and quality of life in the Lincoln Trail District.”