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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.

Accreditation News

Stories, press releases, and other resources about accreditation

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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.

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CDC's Role in Accreditation

CDC provides funding support, in-kind support, incentives, technical assistance, and other support.

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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.

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What's New

  • CDC Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and Inclusion of Accreditation-Related Language [PDF - 257KB] 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 – CDC supports the National Indian Health Board in funding tribal health departments to undertake public health department accreditation-readiness activities. Tribes are selected through a competitive application process. Five tribes were funded in early 2015; seven tribes were funded in 2015–2016. 
  • Local Health Department Accreditation Support Initiative – CDC supports the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in its fifth year of funding selected local health departments for accreditation readiness. Since 2011, 79 health departments have been awarded funding. Additional awardees will be announced in late 2015. And for the first time, CDC and NACCHO will be supporting territorial health departments in 2015–2016.

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  • Page last reviewed: January 6, 2016
  • Page last updated: May 16, 2016
  • Content source:
    • Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support