Accreditation Preparation

NACCHO provides tools, resources, and training opportunities to local health departments to assist in their preparation for accreditation, performance and quality improvement efforts.

Local health departments (LHDs) have different technical assistance needs based on their level of accreditation readiness. While some are just beginning to learn about the Public Health Accreditation Board's (PHAB's) national, voluntary accreditation program, others may be just about ready to apply. Listed below are key steps in the accreditation preparation process which LHDs must undertake prior to the PHAB application process. Determine which phase in the accreditation preparation process your LHD is in and visit the listed websites to access resources that will answer your questions and streamline your efforts as you pursue accreditation. Please note that these steps do not have to be completed in this order. Each LHD must choose what works best for them.

To view a document containing a list of NACCHO's resources as they appear on this website, click here. To view a document containing a joint list of NACCHO's and ASTHO's resources, click here.

accreditNATION is NACCHO's accreditation preparation and quality improvement e-newsletter. Through this e-newsletter we will share:

  • Resources to prepare for accreditation and engage in quality improvement activities;
  • Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) updates; and
  • Opportunities to share and highlight your health department accreditation preparation efforts.

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Type of Health Department Accredited In Process Total in e-PHAB
Local 130 147 277
State 19 15 34
Tribal 1 3 4
Centralized States 1/67 - 1/67
Multi-Jurisdictional - 8 8
Number of Departments 150+1 system 173 324

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support has provided funding to NACCHO for the Accreditation Support Initiatives (ASIs). The ASIs are intended to stimulate quality improvement  and promote the readiness of health departments to seek voluntary national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Project activities include efforts to meet the identified application requirements, the achievement of PHAB standards and measures, and offsetting accreditation fees (up to 50 percent of the total fee). Multiple iterations of the ASI have been completed (2011 - 2012, 2012 - 2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016). This initiative provides direct, targeted funding to recipients and demonstrates how relatively small amounts of funding can be of great interest and value to health departments in their accreditation readiness efforts. To view their projects, click here.

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Accreditation Support Initiative

ASI Initiatives and Projects

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Accreditation Support Initiative

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Community Health Assessment and Improvement Planning

CHIP is designed to help you assess your community's health and improve it systematically.

Public Health Infrastructure

Community Health Assessment and Improvement Planning

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Learn About Public Health Accreditation

To successfully achieve accreditation, it is important for leadership to understand the requirements

Public Health Infrastructure

Learn About Public Health Accreditation

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Preparation for National Accreditation

This section contains information about preparation for national accreditation.

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Preparation for National Accreditation

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Form an Accreditation Preparation Team

Learn how to kick off your accreditation process by selecting a coordinator and team.

Public Health Infrastructure

Form an Accreditation Preparation Team

Public Health Infrastructure

Collect and Organize Documentation

Learn more about how to document compliance with accreditation standards and measures.

Public Health Infrastructure

Collect and Organize Documentation

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Engage Local Governing Entity

To be eligible for accreditation, an LHD’s local governing entity must sign a letter of support.

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Engage Local Governing Entity

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Budget for Costs and Fees

Here you'll find resources to assist LHDs with budgeting for costs and fees for accreditation.

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Budget for Costs and Fees

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Quality Improvement

NACCHO offers local health departments resources for implementing quality improvement processes.

Public Health Infrastructure

Quality Improvement

Public Health Infrastructure

Apply for PHAB Accreditation

Once an LHD has determined it is feasible to apply and completed all the preliminary accreditation.

Public Health Infrastructure

Apply for PHAB Accreditation

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Research Publications

Use these resources to help your local health department get accredited.

Public Health Infrastructure

Research Publications