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New Jersey Department of Health Achieves National Accreditation

Trenton, NJ, June 15, 2017 — Demonstrating a commitment to continuous quality improvement, the New Jersey Department of Health has received national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for achieving high standards for public health services, leadership and accountability.

To receive national accreditation through the PHAB, the Department of Health underwent a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it met a set of 105 public health quality standards and measures.  The Department submitted its application in 2014.

The Department of Health is one of 26 states and 62 local health departments accredited by PHAB, out of 3,000 government public health agencies.

The Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services received its PHAB accreditation in 2015 and is the only other accredited public health agency in New Jersey. Several other local health departments are in the process of applying for accreditation, including those in Camden and Princeton.

“Accreditation has become the national standard for public health,” Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said.

“The Department is proud to be nationally recognized for achieving standards in public health quality and performance. Through this three-year process, we evaluated and improved our services to ensure we are effectively meeting the public health needs of residents.”

The DOH accreditation team, led by Director of Population Health Colette Lamothe-Galette, collected and reviewed more than 10,000 pages of documents, developed a strategic plan, implemented Healthy NJ 2020 and created a Quality Improvement plan.

“The PHAB Accreditation decision for the New Jersey Department of Health is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its staff who are committed to providing quality programs and services to the residents of New Jersey,” Lamothe-Galette said.

Public health departments serve as the front lines for improving and protecting the health and well-being of people and communities. Accreditation provides departments with a framework for setting priorities and gives valuable, measurable feedback about how they are performing.

“Achieving accreditation indicates that the New Jersey Department of Health is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the community by striving to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers,” said Ray (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, chair of PHAB’s Board of Directors and affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.

“With an ever-increasing number of health departments now applying for and becoming accredited, you will be able to expect to receive the same quality of public health services wherever you go in the United States.”

About the Public Health Accreditation Board

The Public Health Accreditation Board (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.

The development of national public health accreditation has involved, and is supported by, public health leaders and practitioners from the national, tribal, state, local, and territorial levels. Learn more about PHAB or sign up for the PHAB e-newsletter by visiting www.phaboard.org.

 

Christie Administration Recognizes NJ’s 30,000 Emergency Medical Services Professionals

Trenton, NJ, May 23, 2017 — New Jersey Department of Health is marking National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week (May 21-27).

New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett recognized the more than 30,000 EMS professionals throughout New Jersey for their commitment and dedication to service.

“New Jersey’s EMS professionals put their lives on the line every day to respond to more than one million calls and are available 24 hours a day,” Commissioner Bennett said.  “We should recognize and honor their dedication to the residents of our state during National Emergency Medical Services Week.” Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Recognizes National Infant Immunization Week

Trenton, NJ, April 23, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health and local health partners are promoting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) with events across the state.

NIIW, an annual observance highlighting the achievements of immunization programs and partners in promoting healthy communities, will be celebrated April 22 through 29.

“The best way to protect infants from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles, is to make sure they receive recommended immunizations,” Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said. “This week serves as a reminder for parents to be sure their child is up-to-date on all recommended vaccines.” Continue reading

Christie Administration Recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day from April 16 to 22

NJ Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett

Trenton, NJ, April 14, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health is marking National Healthcare Decisions Day by encouraging New Jersey residents to discuss their healthcare preferences and plans for end-of-life care decisions with their physicians and family.

This year, National Healthcare Decisions Day will be celebrated all week long, from April 16 to 22.  The national theme for 2017 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

“Advance care planning offers benefits for individuals and their families,” Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said.  “Individuals have the comfort of knowing that their treatment preferences will be honored and families of patients are relieved from making difficult decisions without knowing what their loved one desired.” Continue reading

New Jersey Celebrates National Minority Health Month 2017; Health Equity Forums Scheduled

Trenton, NJ, April 11, 2017 — April is National Minority Health Month and this year’s theme is “Bridging Health Equity Across Communities.”

To raise awareness and highlight New Jersey’s efforts to promote and build healthier communities, hospitals, local and county health departments, and community groups will host more than 70 events throughout the state.

The New Jersey Department of Health’s Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH), along with its local partners, will be holding a series of health equity forums to encourage health and wellness, and disease prevention. Continue reading

NJ Department of Health and NJ Hospital Association Launch Electronic Access to End-of-Life Care Records

Trenton, NJ, April 4, 2017 — New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett and New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) President and CEO Betsy Ryan on March 31 launched New Jersey’s new electronic Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) during a visit to Villa Marie Claire Hospice in Saddle River.

Electronic POLST enables access to an online form—via a secure website and mobile devices—so a patient and physician or advance practice nurse can detail the individual’s goals of care and medical preferences when facing a life-limiting illness. Continue reading

New Jersey Policy Perspective Reports: An Obamacare Repeal Without Replacement Will ‘Devastate’ the Garden State

Trenton, NJ, February 22, 2017 — According to a new report from the New Jersey Policy Perspective, if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — well known as Obamacare — and doesn’t replace it, the loss of coverage for an estimated 800,000 New Jersey residents would be only part of the story, reports Lindy Washburn in The Record/NorthJersey.com.

The report presents county-by-county data about the effect of ACA repeal.

In addition, Livio reports that more than 210,000 seniors who rely on Medicare and have substantial prescription drug needs would face higher out-of-pocket costs. Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Seeks 2017 Population Health Heroes

Trenton, NJ, February 19, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health is seeking applications for its first Population Health Heroes Awards to recognize the state’s innovative leaders who are making system, policy and environmental changes that improve health.

“Across the state, there is incredible work being done to keep the well healthy, support those at risk for health problems and prevent those with chronic conditions from getting sicker,” Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett said. Continue reading

NJ Department of Health Seeks 2017 Population Health Heroes

Trenton, NJ, February 3, 2017 — New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett today announced that the Department is seeking applications for its first Population Health Heroes Awards to recognize New Jersey’s innovative leaders who are making system, policy and environmental changes that improve health.

“Across the state, there is incredible work being done to keep the well healthy, support those at risk for health problems and prevent those with chronic conditions from getting sicker,” Commissioner Bennett said. Continue reading

NJ Department of Health: 900 Ocean County Area Children May Need to Be Revaccinated

Vaccine kid surprise faceTrenton, NJ, January 9, 2017 — Approximately 900 children who participated in a free or low-cost vaccine program in Ocean County may need to be revaccinated because the vaccine they received may not have been properly refrigerated.

The children participated in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, a federally funded, state operated program that provides 1.6 million free or low-cost vaccines to eligible low-income children at more than 1,000 medical offices around the state each year. Continue reading