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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. 

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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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