Tallahassee, Florida – On Monday, the Miami Herald published an inaccurate article stating that the Florida Department of Health did not publish adequate data on COVID-19 in schools and received a “reprimand” from the Public Health Accreditation Board. These claims are false and the department welcomes the opportunity to clarify the inaccuracies provided by the Miami Herald to the public.
The question would lead to a six-month investigation that concluded that the Florida Department of Health should improve the way it communicates and analyzes COVID-19 data to the public; transparency experts say it is crucial to make personal health decisions, as if you want to send a child to school.
As a result of this investigation, the Board concluded that DOH “demonstrated a strong capacity related to epidemiology, data management and communications” and found “nothing related to data collection or analysis. of the department “, specifically the data and monitoring of COVID-19. Accreditation of the department he was not placed on parole or revoked.
“If an accreditation board tells an accredited health department that they need to do something better, they will do it and pay attention to it, because the next step would be parole or loss of accreditation, and that doesn’t look good. said Toner.
The department remains the only fully integrated accredited public health system in the country and has not faced any kind of trial status with the Public Health Accreditation Board. The department continues to demonstrate national excellence in public health management and accreditation is not in jeopardy.
In addition, in response to the investigation, PHAB President Paul Kuehnert stated, “Based on what we’ve seen with Florida, Department of Health professionals are doing a really excellent job.”
The department has been accredited by PHAB for over six years and was the first nationally accredited integrated health department. We also received additional accreditation during our response to the COVID-19 pandemic for our Office of Vital Statistics.
The department’s number one priority is the health of all Floridians, especially children.
Present a story primarily from the perspective of the person who filed a complaint by covering the news, as the “supporting evidence” of the complaint shows the bias inherent in the Miami Herald. This exit continues to create controversy and doubts about the state’s dedication to public health as Florida remains a national leader in response to COVID-19.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
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