Form an Accreditation Preparation Team

The Health Director must appoint an accreditation coordinator to oversee the accreditation process. Additionally, a multidisciplinary accreditation preparation team must be formed and, depending on size and structure of the LHD, consist of any combination of senior management, management, program staff, and frontline staff. The following resources will assist with forming the accreditation preparation team.

The Accreditation Coordinator is the person responsible for coordinating the application and accreditation process within the health department. PHAB has developed a guide that includes requirements for the Accreditation Coordinator and other considerations when selecting or appointing the staff person. You can access our handbook here.

This guide for local health departments walks through the principle steps in undertaking the process for collecting PHAB documentation including forming the accreditation preparation team, orienting staff to accreditation, gathering documentation, and identifying areas of strength and weakness.

Additionally, this guide for tribal health departments is intended to assist THD staff in undertaking a self-study process in a meaningful manner and in alignment with PHAB requirements. Like the LHD guide, on which it is based, it helps THDs identify strengths and uncover gaps in performance based on the PHAB standards and measures. This tool accompanies the guide. These tools were developed in collaboration with Red Star Innovations.

In this local health department Story from the Field, Three Rivers District Health Department in Kentucky describes how they use their vision to pursue accreditation. TRDHD was one of PHAB's first applicants because of their careful and thorough preparation work.

You can view this story below or read all of NACCHO's accreditation and QI Stories from the Field.

Interested in sharing your health department's story about accreditation preparation and QI? Contact Jessica Solomon Fisher at jfisher@naccho.org or 202-507-4265 for details.

Below are some interesting and potentially valuable case examples from LHDs working towards accreditation and/or QI cultures for their agencies. Feel free to browse the stories and contact NACCHO for additional information.

Interested in sharing your health department's story about accreditation preparation and QI? Contact Jessica Solomon Fisher at jfisher@naccho.org or 202-507-4265 for details.