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Accreditation Preparation & Quality Improvement


In the Spotlight

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) congratulates the latest ten 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. 

The local and state health departments awarded five-year accreditation status on September 16, 2014 are: Barren River District Health Department, Bowling Green, Kentucky; Clackamas County Public Health, Oregon City, Oregon; Crook County Health Department, Pineville, Oregon; Erie County Department of Health, Erie, Pennsylvania; Kent County Health Department, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Mahoning County District Board of Health, Youngstown, Ohio; New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York; Sedgwick County Health Department, Wichita, Kansas; St. Clair County Health Department, Belleville, Illinois; & St. Croix County DHHS-Public Health, New Richmond, Wisconsin.

These decisions bring the number of governmental public health departments now accredited by PHAB to 54. To find out more, visit http://www.phaboard.org/press-release-ten-more-communities-reaping-benefits-of-accreditation/

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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
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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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The August 2011 issue of NACCHO Exchange featured information about public health accreditation.

 


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Conference: November 3-5, 2014