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High Quality Sets of Prerequisite Documents


The Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) requires health departments to complete three prerequisites before applying for national accreditation: a community health assessment (CHA), a community health improvement plan (CHIP), and an agency strategic plan. According to PHAB, completing these documents lays the groundwork for health department programs, policies, and interventions, and the remainder of accreditation documentation. Ideally, these documents work together to identify health issues in the community, work towards prioritized health goals, and identify health department and community roles. 

NACCHO staff have reviewed the following complete sets of prerequisite documents and have determined that they are high-quality in that they individually meet the requirements set forth in the PHAB Standards and Measures Version 1.0 and that they work together cohesively to address the needs of communities and organizations. They have not been officially approved by PHAB nor by any PHAB site visitors for the purpose of meeting relevant standards and measures.

Kent County Health Department
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Population size: 603,000
Type of population: rural, urban, suburban

Community Health Assessment
Community Health Improvement Plan
Strategic Plan

Salt Lake County Health Department
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Population size: 1,030,000
Type of population: urban, suburban

Community Health Assessment
Community Health Improvement Plan
Strategic Plan

NOTE: The SLCHD documents are missing the following PHAB-required criteria, but reviewers have determined that they are excellent examples of robust and methodical prerequisites despite the omissions: CHA: missing a robust set of community assets; CHIP: missing measurable health outcomes.

Sedgwick County Health Department
Location: Wichita, KS
Population size: 498,000
Type of population: urban

Community Health Assessment (Part One Data Book | Part Two Priorities)
Community Health Improvement Plan
Strategic Plan


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