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National Voluntary Accreditation for Public Health Departments

CDC's Role in Accreditation

Funding Support

OSTLTS and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation co-fund the Public Health Accreditation Board's (PHAB's) accreditation activities. CDC supports other national partners, such as the American Public Health Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Indian Health Board, National Network of Public Health Institutes, and Public Health Foundation to prepare health departments for accreditation by providing technical assistance, quality and performance improvement tools and training, and communication about accreditation.

Incentives and Other Support

CDC is uniquely positioned to play a strong role in promoting accreditation through incentives, both financial and nonfinancial (e.g., recognition, inclusion within grant announcements). OSTLTS supports readiness through accreditation support initiatives [PDF - 202KB] and opportunities to use cooperative agreement and grant funding, such as the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and many CDC funding opportunity announcements [PDF - 257KB] that include standard accreditation-related language.

Staff Support and CDC Program Connections

CDC provides in-kind staff time and technical expertise to develop and continuously improve accreditation by contributing to PHAB think tanks and committees and by engaging subject matter experts and programs across CDC.

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