Health Department Announces National Reaccreditation

Published on September 06, 2023

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced it has been reaccredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The reaccreditation follows LLCHD’s completion of a comprehensive review process that measures a health department’s performance against a set of nationally recognized, evidence-based standards.

“Reaccreditation reinforces our status as a high-performing public health department that is dedicated to meeting the highest standards, delivering vital services and effective programs, and improving the health and safety of residents in Lincoln and Lancaster County,” said Pat Lopez, Health Director.

The PHAB noted that among its attributes, the Health Department:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to reducing health inequities in the community
  • Utilizes comprehensive data analysis to support targeted health interventions
  • Maintains strong partnerships in the community and with policymakers
  • Embraces culture of quality improvement

“Reaccreditation demonstrates a health department’s commitment to excellence and their unwavering dedication to improving the health of our communities. It also recognizes the hard work and perseverance of our public health professionals,” said PHAB President and CEO Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN.

LLCHD was first accredited 2017. Reaccreditation lasts for five years.

LLCHD serves the community through a range of services and programs aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, and clean air; providing dental care and life-saving immunizations; protecting pets; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies and natural disasters.

PHAB fosters continuous quality improvement to help accredited health departments deliver essential public health services to their communities.

To learn more about public health reaccreditation, go to

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