In 2013, Yamhill County Public Health embarked on a comprehensive accreditation process developed by the nationally recognized non-profit, Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Accreditation is a voluntary process that requires the submission of documentation that meets a rigorous set of national standards. Yamhill County Public Health staff worked hard to revamp our department, in order to meet these standards, and to better serve our community. Over the next three years, we developed quality improvement initiatives, created programs to address social determinants of health, and increased community collaboration. On November 15, 2016, PHAB announced that Yamhill County Public Health was awarded the status of being an accredited local public health department.
"The accreditation process for public health departments is rigorous and the process documents the high standards expected a health department should have in offering programs and services to our community. Only 11 public health departments across the U.S. were awarded accreditation this year, and I am honored to work with such a dynamic dedicated group of professionals in Yamhill County. As the health officer of the county I feel this is just the first step in showing the responsive and forward-thinking attitude we have that will secure and promote healthy outcomes amongst the population," said Dr. William Koenig, Yamhill County Public Health Officer.
We began our reaccreditation journey in the winter of December 2021 and as of August 2023, Yamhill County Public Health continues to be recognized as an accredited local public health department. We are proud of the hard work of our staff and leadership, and are grateful for their support of the continuous improvement of our department.