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Accreditation Preparation & Quality Improvement

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In 2011, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) launched its voluntary national accreditation program for public health departments with the goal of improving and protecting the public's health by advancing performance improvement.As of October 2014, 54 health departments had earned the designation of accredited, which means the agencies satisfied a set of practice-focused and evidence-based standards.

In April 2014, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) conducted a survey of accredited local health departments (LHDs). The objectives were to develop a preliminary list of benefits from pursuing and achieving accreditation, to determine the technical assistance needs of accredited LHDs, and to verify anecdotal information from the field. More »

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.

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Please contact Jessica Solomon Fisher with any questions at or 202-507-4265.