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National Voluntary Accreditation for Public Health Departments

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.

Preparation Tools and Resources

National Public Health Performance Standards Program
The National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) is a National Partnership initiative that has developed National Public Health Performance Standards for state and local public health systems and for public health governing bodies.

ASTHO Accreditation and Performance Standards
ASTHO provides information about accreditation preparation tools, current activities in states, and the work of the NPHPSP, as well as other information on its Web site for state health departments.

NACCHO Accreditation and Quality Improvement
NACCHO provides tools, resources, and training opportunities to local health departments to assist in their preparation for accreditation and in using quality improvement processes to improve performance and meet PHAB standards.

NIHB and Tribal Public Health Accreditation
The NIHB Web site provides information, resources, and links addressing the development of tribal public health accreditation.

PHF and Performance Management and Quality Improvement
The PHF Web site includes assorted tools and resources related to performance management, quality improvement, public health improvement, workforce development and other topics. Performance management resources include the body of work developed by the Turning Point Performance Management Collaborative.

Other Resources to Learn More

Other Accreditation Resources and Publications

  • Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015
  • Page last updated: November 9, 2015
  • Content source:
    • Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support