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We are accredited!

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This means that we have demonstrated to the Public Health Accreditation Board that we meet the national public health guidelines regarding quality care, conscientious monitoring and following best-practice recommendations for a county health department. 

Striving for excellence in public health

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March, 2014

What we have to say

Public health functions like the community’s immune system, and accreditation tells us that Missoula’s immune system is strong,” said MCCHD Director Ellen Leahy. Leahy credits the community’s support, the board’s leadership, and the staff’s dedication for this achievement. In their report, the accreditation site visitors agreed, citing “exemplary” community collaboration, “remarkable” board engagement, and staff enthusiasm “so evident it is practically tangible.”

Health Board Vice-Chair Ross Miller also praised the department’s achievement saying, “Accreditation confirms that for years our Health Department has been on a path of excellence and held itself to the highest standards attainable. Accreditation also has to be renewed every five years, and therefore comes with a huge responsibility to never waiver from this path of excellence, which will continue to benefit the entire Missoula Community. Missoula County citizens should be extremely proud of our Health Department's achievement and the leadership it provides in public health service.”


Acknowledgement from CDC

Dear Ms. Leahy:

On behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are pleased to congratulate the Missoula City-County Health Department on achieving accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

Your national accreditation status sends an important message to your partners and community that your organization meets national standards and provides services in a manner that all residents should come to expect from their health departments. Moreover, because the national accreditation program seeks to advance the quality and performance of all health departments, your participation in this program indicates your commitment to the continuous improvement of your health department's services.

Receiving recognition from PHAB as an accredited health department is an impressive achievement. CDC recognizes the time and effort that leaders and staff members from all levels of your health department have dedicated to this effort. We commend the Missoula City-County Health Department for this extraordinary accomplishment.


Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH
Director, CDC

Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP
Director, Office for State, Tribal,
Local and Territorial Support
Deputy Director, CDC

Looking toward the future

While we were able to demonstrate considerable knowledge and ability in the 96 categories we were evaluated in, a few areas for improvement were identified.  We will be addressing these issues in the future, and should be able to show significant progress areas for our re-evaluation which will be conducted in 2019.



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