National Voluntary Accreditation for Public Health Departments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is supporting the implementation of a national voluntary accreditation program for local, state, territorial, and tribal health departments. The new Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a nonprofit 501(c)3 entity, has been established to serve as the independent accrediting body. PHAB led the development and testing activities, with significant participation from local, tribal, state and national leaders and launched the national accreditation program September 14, 2011.
The Community Guide—Public Health Accreditation Board Crosswalk can help health departments identify possible connections between evidence-based interventions from The Community Guide and PHAB standards and measures.
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Announces the First Eleven Health Departments to Achieve National Accreditation
PHAB announced it has awarded 5-year accreditation to 11 public health departments. The agencies recognized today are the first of hundreds currently preparing to seek national accreditation through PHAB.
Please go to www.phaboard.org for more information and other resources.
PHAB Launches National Health Department Accreditation Program
Key public health leaders, including Dr. Judith Monroe of CDC, spoke at an event on September 14, 2011. The event commemorated the launch of the national accreditation program.
Benefits and Impacts of Accreditation
Health departments participating in national, voluntary accreditation may expect benefits similar to those reported by local health departments with state-based accreditation programs.
CDC's Role in Accreditation
CDC provides funding support, in-kind support, incentives, technical assistance, and other support.
Preparing for Accreditation
Concurrent with PHAB activities, CDC and national partners (the American Public Health Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Local Boards of Health, National Indian Health Board, Public Health Foundation, and National Network of Public Health Institutes) are working to ensure state, tribal, local and territorial health departments are engaged in and aware of these efforts and are prepared to seek accreditation.