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Accreditation Preparation & Quality Improvement

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NACCHO congratulates the latest thirteen local and state health departments that have received accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Each went through a rigorous assessment process to become accredited. This group of thirteen public health departments is the largest group yet to achieve PHAB accreditation, and the decisions bring the number of governmental public health departments now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 44. To see the list of accredited health departments, and to learn more, click here.

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Accreditation Preparation
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PHAB administers the voluntary national accreditation program for state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments. 

NACCHO provides tools, resources, and training opportunities to local health departments (LHDs) to assist in their preparation for accreditation.

The Accreditation Preparation page includes resources organized by stages of the preparation process. 

The Accreditation Preparation: CHA and CHIP Prerequisites page features information about community health assessment and community health improvement planning.

The Accreditation Support Initiative page shares information about LHDs across country preparing for accreditation.

Quality Improvement

PHAB's accreditation program is grounded in quality improvement (QI). NACCHO offers resources for health departments as they work to build cultures of continuous QI and prepare for national public health department accreditation. Whether your agency has just begun to incorporate QI principles, or the QI activities are more formal, NACCHO has tools to help.

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National Public Health Improvement Initiative

Local and State Health Departments funded under the Affordable Care Act, National Public Health Improvement and Capacity Building Initiatives will receive direct Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) and support in the form of TA, training, tools, resources, and support that will enhance health department capacity to improve internal practices, increase efficiencies and develop and support new infrastructure and systems to increase their effectiveness and efficiency, subsequently enhancing the public health infrastructure and improving health.

For more information, click here.


Please contact Jessica Solomon Fisher with any questions at jfisher@naccho.org or 202-507-4265.

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