CDC’s Role in Accreditation

Funding Support

CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) provides support to the and Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for its accreditation and continuous improvement activities through a five-year cooperative agreement. CDC also 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.

CSTLTS also 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 & Other Support

CDC is uniquely positioned to play a strong role in promoting accreditation through incentives, both financial and nonfinancial. Examples of support and other incentives from CDC include the following:

CDC also plays an important role in identifying and building connections between PHAB standards and public health programs, key initiatives, and emerging topics of interest to the public health community.

Page last reviewed: September 15, 2021