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Public Health Accreditation

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program began in 2013 to improve consistency and quality among more than 3,000 state and local public health departments. LFCHD is one of a select group of five Kentucky health departments and 44 across the nation to be accredited to date.

”Achieving accreditation indicates that the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the community by striving to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers,” said PHAB Board of Directors Chair Carol Moehrle, MD. ”Accreditation also promotes consistency in meeting standards. 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.”

“Lexington can be proud of our health department, and our health department is proud of Lexington,” said Dr. Rice Leach, Lexington’s commissioner of health. “We have been helping Lexington be well since 1904 and are among the first in the country to receive this national accreditation. This would not have happened without significant help from many other agencies, the University of Kentucky, the business community and several individuals.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department began seeking accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in June 2011. 

The goals of the accreditation process are to increase agency accountability to a national board and to create a culture of continuous quality improvement (CQI) within the health department. 

LFCHD formed an accreditation team immediately and began tracking down documentation to meet PHAB standards and measures with the goal of completing the process by June 2013.

Four prerequisite documents were required to apply for accreditation (completed May 2012):

  1. A Community Health Assessment (completed November 2011)

  2. A Community Health Improvement Plan  to identify obesity, safer neighborhoods and unemployment as three main goals to work on by 2017 (completed in May 2012)

  3. A department-wide Strategic Plan (completed April 2012)

  4. A letter of support from the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health (completed November 2011)

Click here to view a poster of the strides to obtaining accreditation.


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Change in services: Effective May 20, 2014, we are able to provide childhood vaccinations (must live in Fayette County, be 18 years or younger and be uninsured or underinsured). Limited appointments are available daily Monday-Friday, and appointments can be made up to a week in advance by calling the Public Health Clinic at (859) 288-2483.

Our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike is no longer able to see patients for the following programs: adult immunizations/physicals and breast/cervical cancer.

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