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 state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a nonprofit 501(c)3 entity, serves 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 on September 14, 2011. PHAB began accrediting health departments in 2013.
Stories, press releases, and other resources about accreditation
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 many national partners 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. See links to the many resources available to support readiness efforts.
- CDC Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and Inclusion of Accreditation-Related Language [PDF - 614KB] describes the accreditation-related language in CDC FOAs and provides a table with links to FOAs that include accreditation-related language. The table is updated periodically to reflect new FOAs.
- Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative Application – CDC supports the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) in funding tribal health departments to undertake public health department accreditation-readiness activities. NIHB will provide funding to 5–10 tribes through a competitive application process. Applications are due January 7, 2015.
- Local Health Department Accreditation Support Initiative – CDC supports the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in its fourth year of funding selected local health departments for accreditation readiness. Ten health departments were awarded funding for 2014–2015.
- CDC fact sheet — National Voluntary Accreditation for Public Health Departments [PDF - 114KB]
- PHAB website — standards, accreditation guidance, and other resources for the national accreditation program.
- List of accredited health departments
- Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015
- Page last updated: November 9, 2015
- Content source:
- Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support