What is Public Health?
Public health professionals work to improve the health of families and communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing disease, and removing environmental dangers. The Montana Department of Public Health and Safety Division (PHSD) in collaboration with your local county public health office oversees a variety of research, response and prevention programs to protect your health.
The PHSD gained accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in the fall of 2016! Montana was the 20th state accredited. Formed in 2007 to establish a national voluntary accreditation program, PHAB allows state, local, territorial and tribal public health departments to apply. The goal of the accreditation program is to improve and protect the health of every community by advancing the quality and performance of public health departments. Go to www.phaboard.org for more information.
Public Health and Safety Division
It is the goal of the DPHHS Public Health and Safety Division to remain a national public health accredited body and in doing so, improve the health of every Montanan. Accreditation is a continuous effort in quality improvement and will be at the forefront of all work in this division.